Fired Moon police officer accused of assaulting wife ordered to anger-management classes

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A judge this morning agreed to allow a former longtime Moon police officer accused of assaulting his wife to take anger-management classes and return to court in November.

Jeffrey Klotz, 45, was charged July 8 with simple assault and false imprisonment after his wife told police he flung her onto their concrete garage floor, ripped off her shirt and picked her up and threw her into Hummer tires.

District Judge Dennis R. Joyce added the classes as a bond condition during this morning's proceeding. Mr. Klotz had already been released on unsecured bond and now awaits a Nov. 21 preliminary hearing, where he will brief the court on his progress.

Moon police wrote in a criminal complaint that Mr. Klotz's wife told officers there had been a "history of violence" in the house. In this incident, she told them, her husband also shoved her down on the couch and would not let her out of the house.

A 23-year veteran of the Moon police force, Mr. Klotz was fired July 29 and was not on duty during the alleged incident, Moon police Chief Leo P. McCarthy said.

Mr. Klotz's attorney, Paul David Boas, did not immediately return a phone message.

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Molly Born: mborn@post-gazette.com or 412-23-1944.


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