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Darryl Glenn issues explanation of 1983 assault charge involving his father

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Posted at 11:28 AM, Jul 28, 2016
and last updated 2016-07-28 13:28:44-04

U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn issued a written response to The Denver Post on Wednesday night about a 1983 assault charge he faced after an altercation with his father. Glenn said the incident was the byproduct of a violent family history and something he did not remember, and he provided details about what happened based on a conversation with his mother.

Glenn said that he and his mother do not believe he hit his father, and he said his father, Ernest Glenn, who died in 2006, was capable of making a false statement to police.

The Denver Post located an archived police report from 1983 that included a signature that a handwriting expert deemed to closely match a financial disclosure document Glenn signed when he was running for El Paso County commissioner. Glenn would not comment on the police report when his campaign was given a copy Tuesday, and he maintained he did not recall the incident and had never been arrested or questioned by police in his life.

“I understand why some people might say, ‘How can he not remember something like this?’ ” Glenn’s statement Wednesday said.

“I want to do my best to explain that: the painful truth is that my parents’ marriage was violent. This was not the first night my father attacked my mother, and maybe more sadly, this wasn’t the worst time it happened — not even close.”

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