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Missouri Police Chief Suspended Amid Allegations of Assaulting His Wife

The eastern Missouri police chief has been put on paid leave while the investigation is ongoing.

January 08, 2019 - 7:52 am

PEVELY, Mo. (KMOX/AP) - An eastern Missouri police chief has been put on paid leave while a domestic assault allegation is investigated.

Pevely Police Chief Charles "Tony" Moutray
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Pevely Mayor Stephanie Haas announced Monday night that Police Chief Charles ``Tony'' Moutray is off the job, after a vote by aldermen, and that an attorney has been hired to investigate.

Cheryl Summers organized a protest before the meeting, and notes the now-former Jefferson County prosecutor declined to file charges.

"The citizen of the St. Louis Metro area are watching and waiting for this newly installed St. Charles County prosecuting attorney to file what we think are appropriate charges in this clear-cut case of abuse," Summers says.

A Jefferson County Sheriff's Department incident report found that Moutray forcefully moved his wife by her neck to get his cellphone from her in November after she discovered he was having an affair. The report also states Moutray punched a hole through a locked door to open it.

Moutray's attorney, Allison Sweeney, has said charges weren't filed because experienced prosecutors had found insufficient evidence to pursue charges.

Moutray's wife's attorney, Danielle Pelot, called the indefinite suspension of Moutray a step in the right direction.