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October 10, 2007 permalink
Here is another case of a father defending his family against a social worker. This time a Wisconsin man used less than deadly force. A condition of his release is that he have no contact with the social worker. If the order is reciprocal, it could become a popular way to keep social services away.
Wednesday, October 10, 2007
Is this child abuse?
By Citizen Staff
JUNEAU — A 46-year-old Horicon man made his initial appearance in Dodge County Circuit Court on Monday after allegedly striking a Dodge County Human Services child protective services caseworker who had come to his home to investigate a child abuse complaint.
According to the criminal complaint, Gary Kahlhamer, 205 Kansas St., was charged with misdemeanor battery and disorderly conduct. The caseworker and a police officer went to Kahlhamer's home on Dec. 20 and asked him to come to the police station in reference to child abuse allegations against him. Kahlhamer refused to go and did not answer the officer's questions.
Kahlhamer then addressed the caseworker and asked if she had anything to say. When the caseworker was attempting to answer Kahlhamer's question about the definition of child abuse, he struck her with an open hand on her right shoulder and pushed her.
He then asked the case worker, "Is this the definition of child abuse?"
He then grabbed the caseworker's right arm in the shoulder area and proceeded to kick her in the right buttocks and upper thigh area. He continued to ask her for the definition of child abuse during the attack.
At that point, the officer stopped the conflict. When the officer asked Kahlhamer what was wrong with him, Kahlhamer told the officer that he was using the woman as an example.
Kahlhamer was released on a $500 signature bond. He may have no direct or indirect contact with the victim. He may not have abusive contact with anyone. He will return to court on Nov. 5 at 12:30 p.m. If found guilty of the two offenses, he may be sentenced up to 9 months and 90 days in jail and fined $11,000.
Source: Beaver Dam Wisconsin Daily Citizen