Thursday, August 05, 1999

Man choked son, police say

The Cincinnati Enquirer

        HAMILTON — A 30-year-old Hamilton man faces multiple charges after he allegedly exposed himself to several relatives, choked his 9-year-old son, and broke lawn chairs.

        Robert Earl Kurtz of the 900 block of Vine Street was being held Wednesday in the Butler County Jail on charges of burglary, domestic violence and criminal damaging.

        Bond was set at $5,000, and a preliminary hearing is scheduled for Aug. 11 in Hamilton Municipal Court.

        Around 2 p.m. Tuesday, Mr. Kurtz arrived at the home of relatives in the 600 block of Heaton Street, and “began destroying lawn chairs, smashing them against the house, porch and ground until all four were shattered,” a police report says.

        Then Mr. Kurtz allegedly entered the home through an unlocked front screen door and yelled obscenities, then exposed himself to his 5-year-old daughter, his 9-year-old son, the children's mother and their grandmother, a report says.

        Mr. Kurtz reportedly told the children's mother he was no longer going to pay child support.

        When the son tried to get Mr. Kurtz to leave, he allegedly grabbed the boy's neck and “it took three people to pull (Mr. Kurtz) off of the victim and get him out of the yard,” a report says. Mr. Kurtz left but was arrested later when he returned.

        The boy had red marks and bruising around his neck; he and his mother told police they would seek medical treatment if necessary.


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