Belle Vernon trooper off hook; wife won't testify
Charges against a state trooper were dismissed Monday because his wife – the alleged victim – refused to testify at a preliminary hearing.
Paul Mauser, 39, of Donora had faced a felony count of aggravated assault and misdemeanor counts of simple assault and terroristic threats.
According to an affidavit of probable cause, Mauser allegedly pushed his wife, Jennifer, down a flight of stairs, breaking her ankle, during a domestic dispute Feb. 6 in a home along Scott Haven Road in Sewickley Township.
Jennifer – still walking with the aid of crutches – appeared in Magisterial District Judge Charles Christner's court in West Newton.
She declined comment afterward.
Her attorney, Scott Avolio of Greensburg, said his client wanted to keep the incident “a personal matter.”
“The parties have children involved, and they want to work out the issues with their personal lives in a private and civil way,” Avolio said. “And we would ask everyone to respect that privacy.”
After the hearing, Paul Mauser declined comment.
Westmoreland County Assistant District Attorney Barbara Jollie said she was not surprised by the outcome, adding many victims of domestic violence refuse to testify because of safety concerns or for financial reasons.
Jollie confirmed the Mausers are separated.
“This kind of situation occurs more often than we would like to believe,” Jollie said. “(Jennifer Mauser) was given several different options by the commonwealth, the police and by the women's services center. … I think she's embarrassed and wants to keep her kids out of the public eye.”
Paul Mauser, a veteran trooper at the Belle Vernon Barracks, was placed on unpaid leave in February.
Trooper Steve Limani, public information officer at the state police barracks in Greensburg, did not return several phone messages seeking Mauser's work status.
Rick Bruni Jr. is a staff writer for Trib Total Media. He can be reached at email@example.com or 724-684-2635.
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