Texas detective charged with assault for farting on co-worker

Lago Vista police detective Lawrence Jonap is facing up to a year in jail and a fine of up to $4,000.
By Evan Bleier   |   Feb. 17, 2014 at 10:09 AM   |   Comments

LAGO VISTA, Texas, Feb. 17 (UPI) -- A Texas detective was arrested and charged with assault last month after he allegedly kicked a co-worker in the back, hit him on the head with a notebook and then farted in his face.

Dispatcher Donald Varner alleges that Lago Vista police detective Lawrence Jonap, 45, kicked him in the back, causing him to “lunge forward.” After turning around and seeing Jonap laughing, Varner reported the incident to his superiors.

“The victim described the pain as a ‘7’ on a scale of 10, with 1 being the weakest and 10 being the strongest,” according to the affidavit.

The next day, Varner was sitting at his desk when Jonap struck him over the head with a notebook, “flicked” him on the ear, and then “passed gas” in Varner’s face.

A reserve officer told a Travis County sheriff’s deputy she witnessed Jonap “tap” Varner with a folder and ask, “How’s your back?” She also admitted she saw Jonap “pass gas” in front of Varner’s face.

Jonap has claimed that he only “nudged” Varner. He is charged with assault with injury and is facing up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.


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