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Ian David Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 11:56 AM
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Rev. Ron Matheney, pastor of the historic First Presbyterian Church charged with battery
Edited on Sat Sep-08-07 11:57 AM by IanDB1
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Jerome preacher charged with battery
By Cass Friedman
Times-News writer

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For two years, Matheney has led the 100-member First Presbyterian, a century-old brick church in downtown Jerome. On Aug. 28 the county prosecutor filed one charge of felony domestic battery alleging that Matheney caused "traumatic injury," one of felony attempted strangulation and a misdemeanor charge of removing the phone to prevent Darlene from calling police in the early morning hours of Aug. 14.

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Darlene told authorities the abuse was long-term, though she kept it quiet. But last spring, according to court records, she called in sick to her job at St. Benedict's Family Medical Center. When co-workers went to her home to check on her, they found her wrapped in a blanket, with bruises on her neck and arms.

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Darlene claims that the incident began when Ron woke her in the middle of the night and forced her to have sex. She says he beat her, knocked a telephone away when she tried to use it to call for help and threw her against a wall and onto the floor. He put his foot on her neck and said she couldn't leave. When she tried to fight back, he choked her with a belt and, according to the police affidavit, "threatened to stomp her in the ground" if she told.

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He acknowledges that they fought and that he twice punched her, but he maintains that Darlene was the aggressor, that he never choked her or kept her from calling for help.


MEAGAN THOMPSON/Times-News
Pastor Ron Matheney, of the First Presbyterian Church in Jerome, poses in his church office Friday afternoon. Matheney's wife told police that he abused her. He denies it and plans to fight the case in court.


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Myrina Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Sep-08-07 12:00 PM
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1. "He acknowledges that ... he twice punched her"
... that's all we need to know. :mad:
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