Deputies: New charges for Greenville police officer


GREENVILLE, N.C. (WNCT) — There are new charges for a Greenville police officer who was arrested Sunday.

On Wednesday, Officer Ryan Kurtz, 30, was served warrants for child abuse, another charge of assault on female and another communicating threats charge.

Officer Ryan Kurtz, 30, was originally arrested late Sunday night and charged with communicating threats, assault on a female and assault by strangulation.

The child abuse charges stem from the incident on Sunday night, according to the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office.

The other two are from an earlier incident in January, the Sheriff’s Office said.

Greenville police said late Sunday night they received information that Kurtz reportedly assaulted a woman he knew, resulting in visible injuries.

According to warrants, the woman has bruises around her throat after Kurtz grabbed her with his right hand.

WNCT originally reported that warrants said Kurtz also threatened to kill the woman’s daughter.

In the warrants, it says Kurtz said, “I’ve never wanted to kill someone like I do your daughter.”

However, Lieutenant Kip Gaskins with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office said Kurtz was actually speaking to the woman’s father when he said those words and was referring to the woman he assaulted.

The assault occurred while Kurtz was off-duty at the victim’s home in Pitt County, police said.

Kurtz was arrested at the scene.

Because the assault happened outside of the Greenville jurisdiction, the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office is handling the investigation.

“I’m very troubled and concerned by any allegations involving domestic violence,” said Greenville Police Chief Mark Holtzman. “Sadly, this is an issue that is all too familiar in our communities and no one is exempt. The Greenville Police Department is committed to assisting all victims of domestic violence. We will cooperate fully with the Pitt County Sheriff’s Office to ensure the case is thoroughly investigated.”

Kurtz has been placed on administrative leave without pay and all of his police powers have been suspended.

Kurtz has been employed with GPD since 2011.

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