Police, court documents differ from Glenn on 1983 incident 

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Republican U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn claims he has no knowledge of an assault charge filed against him in 1983, when he was an 18-year-old Doherty High School senior.

But that claim is disputed in court records that show he was arrested at the home he shared with his mother the day after a domestic violence incident at his dad’s bar where he struck his dad, Ernest Glenn Jr., in the face.

The disturbance, which also gave rise to three charges against his father, took place two months after Glenn’s parents finalized their divorce and a few months before he was accepted into the Air Force Academy.

The Independent has asked Glenn repeatedly about the charge in the past two months, only to be told he knows nothing about it.

It’s understandable Glenn would want to forget a dark chapter in which he and his father came to blows, but political consultant Floyd Ciruli of Denver says a failure to own up to the facts could hurt Glenn more than the original offense.

“An effort to deny something like this when the evidence is overwhelming just destroys your credibility,” Ciruli says, “and that’s one of the most valuable things you have in a campaign.”

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According to court records, police responded to a domestic violence incident at 9:45 p.m. at Glenn’s dad’s bar, Shadowglen Lounge, 4763 Flintridge Dr., on Nov. 20, 1983. Glenn had turned 18 the previous month, and his parents' divorce, filed in April of that year, had been finalized on Sept. 20 with his mother gaining custody, though his father was given “reasonable rights of visitation.”

Having retired from the Air Force when Darryl was 12, Ernest Glenn worked at Digital Corp., Elks Lodge 473 and owned two bars over the years, one being Shadowglen Lounge, according to his obituary and court records.

Court records show the Nov. 20, 1983, dispute resulted in three misdemeanor charges of third-degree assault against the elder Glenn. The victims named in court records are Darryl, his mother, Juanita, and a person whose name is illegible. Colorado statutes define third-degree assault as when a person “knowingly or recklessly causes bodily injury to another person or with criminal negligence the person causes bodily injury to another person by means of a deadly weapon.”

The summons and complaint against Ernest Glenn regarding Darryl Glenn states, “Subject was hit by other party during domestic.” The summons and complaint in which Ernest’s ex-wife was named as a victim states, “Subject struck party during domestic disturbance,” and the description for the other victim states, “subject was hit by another during domestic.”

Darryl Glenn was charged with one count of third-degree assault, and the summons and complaint states, “got into argument and struck victim [Ernest Glenn] in face.”

His father was arrested that night at 10:45 p.m. and issued a summons.

Darryl Glenn was arrested the next day at 5:30 p.m. at his mother’s home on Bermuda Circle, court records show. It’s the same home for which Ernest Glenn transferred ownership to his ex-wife on Jan. 3, 1984.

There’s no indication either Darryl Glenn or his father was actually taken to jail.

Documents show Darryl and Ernest Glenn both made court appearances on Dec. 12 where they appeared “pro se,” which means without legal counsel, and had a court hearing scheduled for Feb. 2.

When that date rolled around, all three charges against Ernest Glenn were dismissed in the “interest of justice,” the prosecuting attorney wrote in court records.

The charge against Darryl Glenn also was dismissed, because “complaining witness no longer wishes to prosecute.”

The Denver Post, in a story published online Tuesday, asked a handwriting expert to compare the signature on the summons and complaint with a known signature of Darryl Glenn’s, and the expert said there were similarities.

Glenn, who served on the Colorado Springs City Council (2003-11) and has served since 2011 as an El Paso County commissioner, has denied any such charge was filed against him.

The Indy first asked Glenn about the charge on June 1. He responded via email, saying, “Not aware of that and was definitely not charged.”

The Indy asked again on July 8 in an interview. “We’re still trying to figure out what that was,” he said, and denied any knowledge of the incident.

“I was never even interviewed or anything,” Glenn also said. “I’ve never even had a conversation with a police officer in that light.”

Glenn suggested the charge might have been filed against his half-brother, Cedric — his father’s son by a previous marriage — who Glenn said had “a criminal past” and since committed suicide. But court records identify Glenn, the offender, as a student at Doherty High, which he was, and state his birthdate accurately, and, most importantly, say he was arrested at the home where his mother was living. It’s hard to imagine that his half-brother would be at Glenn’s mother’s house.

David Pompili, who frequented Ernest Glenn’s bar, the Alumni Lounge at Pikes Peak Avenue and Academy, describes the elder Glenn as a “pretty good fellow” who was proud of his son and never spoke of an altercation with him.

“I’m pretty sure they traveled in different circles,” Pompili told the Indy in an interview, but noted he didn’t sense any animosity between the two. Nor was Ernest Glenn the type to start a fight, he said. “He wasn’t hot-headed, wouldn’t fly off the handle. If there was an altercation, he would try to extricate himself. He wasn’t a vengeful guy.”

The Post also reports the Glenn campaign told its reporters that the charge doesn’t relate to the Senate candidate.

That’s a mistake, says Ciruli. “Whether or not this hurts him will depend on how he ends up framing it. Denying it completely is not the way. The cover-up is much worse than the crime. He could come up with two or three reasonable explanations why he was justified in doing this.

“Part of his problem is, there is absolutely no knowledge of him other than the official story, so that items like this that fill it in, it could simply create he had a difficult home life and this is a relfection of that, but it’s the kind of incident that raises a voter’s eyebrow. The lying, really, an attempt to cover it up and claim it didn’t happen is what’s so devastating.”

Ciruli notes Glenn is polling at 36 percent, well behind incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet, and has only about $100,000 in campaign funds compared to Bennet’s $6 million. “So this is a difficult race [for Glenn] to start with,” Ciruli notes.

Glenn graduated in 1988 from the Air Force Academy, where cadets are guided by an honor code motto that states, “We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.” He then served for 21 years in the Air Force and reserves where the service’s core values are “Integrity first, Service before self, Excellence in all we do.”

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