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Police officer accused of assaulting girlfriend, placed on leave

A Glendale police officer who was arrested on suspicion of domestic violence has been placed on paid leave, though city officials declined to say when or why, citing employee privacy laws.

The officer, Daniel Schmit, 26, was taken into custody Dec. 10 in the 900 block of Ashford Street in Simi Valley after he allegedly assaulted his live-in girlfriend, according to Lt. Stephanie Shannon of the Simi Valley Police Department.

The girlfriend, who was not  identified, was treated at a hospital for unspecified injuries and released, she added.

Shannon said an emergency restraining order was issued for the victim, the Glendale News-Press reported.

Search warrants, including one at the Glendale Police Department headquarters, have been executed in connection with the incident, Shannon said.

She described the action as “very routine.”

Glendale police Sgt. Tom Lorenz said Schmit was placed on paid administrative leave, but declined to offer other details.

No charges had been filed against Schmit as of Friday, according to Ventura County Superior Court records.

Shannon said Schmit has been cooperating with police during the investigation, which is ongoing.


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