Domestic violence case raises more questions than answers

Posted: Sunday, September 21, 2003

I was astonished to read in the Aug. 25 Peninsula Clarion that Robert Paulk, a man charged with one count of first-degree stalking. two counts of second-degree assault, five counts of third-degree assault, three counts of coercion, one count of third-degree criminal mischief, two counts of fourth-degree assault, one count of interfering with a report of domestic violence, one count of burglary, two counts of criminal trespass, 11 counts of violating a restraining order and two counts of kidnapping was allowed by the District Attorney's office to plead guilty to a reduced charge of only one count of third-degree assault.

Hoping to clear some of my confusion of why 30 of the 31 charges were disregarded, I went to the courthouse in Kenai and read Robert Paulk's most recent file. It would take several hours to read all his files, which stretch back many years. The most recent file is 3KN-03-00622CI DVI. This file is public information is is available to any interested person.

The file contains police reports of the events that led to the arrest of Mr. Paulk after Kalifornsky Beach Elementary was locked down. What the victim experienced over a period of days was horrifying and has been substantiated by the law enforcement investigation. This is not a "he said, she said" case.

Paul agreed in court to have not contact with the victim and yet he was originally charged with 11 previous counts of violating protective orders. What reasonable person could possibly think that this time he means it? Has the district attorney even read the file?

Assault by a partner is the leading cause of injury to women. Every year women are killed by a domestic partner. Robert Paulk terrorized his victim, assaulted her repeatedly, threatened to kill her and yet was allowed to plead to only one count of third-degree assault. We can see this one coming, and I hope someone is paying attention.

Fleur Boyle

North Kenai

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