Aug 19, 2014 2:10 PM by News Staff
Glenn County's District Attorney-elect is facing misdemeanor child abuse charges after police say they responded to his Willows home twice late Sunday afternoon.
You might not find a more interesting, or conflicted District Attorney's Office in the state of California.
But somehow, things just got more interesting.
Sunday afternoon, District Attorney-elect and current Assistant District Attorney Dwayne Stewart was arrested on misdemeanor charges of child abuse.
Willows Police said they responded to this home just before 4 p.m. for a verbal argument between Stewart and his wife.
But they were back a little less than an hour later as she called again, this time saying Stewart battered her 17-year-old daughter, who police said is Stewart's stepdaughter.
Willows Police Chief Jason Dahl said the juvenile told police she had injuries to her ear and arm.
Dahl said Stewart neither confirmed nor denied his stepdaughter's allegations.
"[He was] cooperative," Dahl said. "We had no issues with Mr. Stewart at all. We completed the process. It was uncomfortable for everybody involved, but we had to do what we had to do."
Added Dahl, "It's someone that we're going to be working with in the future as District Attorney of this county. We want to remain a good relationship but we also have a job to do and if this is what it is, we're going to follow what we need to do."
Stewart was released on a promise to appear in court.
A five day emergency protective order, preventing Stewart from being at the house, was issued.
This is the latest twist in a series of twist and turns for Glenn County's top law enforcement office.
You might recall current DA Bob Maloney fired Stewart in 2011, charging misuse of county property.
Stewart was given his job back.
But not without more allegations from Maloney in April of this year, accusing Stewart of improper and dishonest conduct while working for the Riverside County DA's Office.
Matt Smith is a defense attorney that practices in Willows.
While surprised to hear about Stewart's arrest, he doesn't think it will make a difference in the minds of the public and law enforcement.
"They're really happy for a change in the district attorney's office," said Smith. "I think they're going to give him a fair chance."
But given the history between the two men, Smith believes there could be more to the story.
"I'm concerned that there might be a political motive, to be honest with you, but I think we'll have to wait and see how the investigation continues and make sure we get all the facts," Smith said.
Stewart did not respond to a voicemail today.
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