KALAMAZOO, Mich. (WOOD) - A Kalamazoo Public Safety officer charged with domestic violence in 2011 has had the charges against him lowered and is now back on duty.
Sheriff's officials released the case details at the request of 24 Hour News 8 now that the case is closed.
Officer Steven Luthy was arrested in July 2011 after Van Buren County Sheriff's deputies responded to a 911 call at his home. The deputies found that Luthy's wife Ellen had visible injuries.
Ellen Luthy said she feared for her life the night of the attack.
"It was a pummeling far beyond anything I have ever experienced in my life," she said.
Luthy claimed that Ellen started the fight by throwing something at him, investigation documents show.
He was originally charged with domestic violence and placed on administrative leave. But in January, prosecutors changed the charge to misdemeanor disorderly persons and Luthy pleaded guilty.
Ellen, who filed for a personal protection order against her husband in August 2011, told 24 Hour News 8 that prosecutors contacted her about lowering the charges.
"I adamantly said that I felt very, very uncomfortable with that," said Ellen. "I felt it was up to the judge to decide what his fate should be."
Had the original charge of domestic violence stuck, Luthy would likely no longer be a police officer. Now, after a five-day suspension and a fine of less than $300, Luthy is back to work.
Ellen said she thinks that Luthy's charge was lowered, in part, because he is a police officer.
"There are certain positions, I believe, that there is a moral and ethical standard that's higher," she said.
Kalamazoo Department of Public Safety Chief Jeffrey Hadley told 24 Hour News 8 that the discipline from the department was appropriate.
Officer Luthy has not yet responded to requests for comment.
The Luthys are now in the process of divorcing.
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