Cloverdale mayor charged with domestic violence

By Bryan Reynolds -

OTTAWA — Cloverdale Mayor Judd Spencer is facing domestic violence charges after an alleged incident between him and his wife on or about May 7, 2018.

Spencer is being charged with one count domestic violence, a fourth-degree misdemeanor, for allegedly threatening force causing his wife, Nichole Spencer, to believe he would cause her imminent physical harm at their home in Cloverdale.

He has also been charged with one count of using weapons while intoxicated, a first-degree misdemeanor, for allegedly possessing a firearm while being under the influence of alcohol during the same date.

Spencer plead not guilty to the charges and was released on conditional bond. According to court documentation, he was ordered to provide a residential address and appear at all scheduled court hearings. Spencer was also order to have no contact with his wife and not go near her home, except for one time to collect personal effects with a uniformed police officer present. He was ordered not to be present anywhere beer or liquor is served for the with the intent of consuming alcohol and was ordered to refrain from consummation of alcohol or illegal drugs.

Spencer also was ordered by the court to relinquish any firearms he owned to the Putnam County Sheriff’s Office for the duration of his case, and he cannot possess any firearm or dangerous weapon for that time.

Spencer said he’s concerned people are going to think he’s the devil because of the charges brought against him instead of waiting until they hear all of the facts and the final verdict.

“Being charged with something does not mean you’re guilty of it,” he said. “I’m not going to say I’m innocent or guilty because I’m not. There’s more to this story than this isolated incident. I’m filing for divorce because of the spousal abuse she’s directed toward me.”

Spencer said he is going to exercise his right to request a jury trial because he doesn’t think one man should decide his fate. The case is complex and there is a lot to the story which needs to be brought to the table, he said, adding things had not been good between him and his wife and it had been building to this point for over a year.

At this time, he is still mayor of Cloverdale, and this alleged incident shouldn’t have any bearing on that position because he wasn’t acting in that capacity when it occurred. It was a private, domestic issue and should have remained that way, he said.

A pre-trial in the case has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. May 24, in Putnam County Municipal Court.

By Bryan Reynolds

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