February 14, 2014

Fort Worth officer accused of beating daughter is fired

Larry Gulley is awaiting trial on a charge of assault with bodily injury of a family member.

A Fort Worth police officer charged in August with assaulting his teenage daughter has been fired.

Larry Wayne Gulley, 49, was arrested Aug. 26 by Mansfield police after officers went to his home on a domestic violence call. Court documents identify the alleged victim as Gulley’s teenage daughter.

Gulley, whose termination took effect Monday, will appeal, according to his attorney Terry Daffron Porter.

“There are always two sides to every story and unfortunately the charging letter is extremely one-sided,” Porter said. “There are other important factors involved in this case that were not considered and we are looking forward to Officer Gulley’s appeal so that all of the facts can come to light.”

According to a disciplinary letter filed Wednesday with the Civil Service Commission, the daughter and another person were arguing in her bedroom when Gulley entered the room.

“She stated that Officer Gulley became angry when she gave him ‘a look’ and he punched her in the face with a closed fist,” the letter says. “Her nose began to bleed.”

The daughter told police that Gulley yelled for a person to bring him a belt and that he struck her with it.

“He then threw the belt down and slammed her to the ground,” the letter says. “She stated that he placed his hands around her throat and squeezed. He then twisted her body into several different positions and subsequently stood on her chest.”

The daughter said he covered her mouth and nose with his hands, making her fear that she would not be able to breathe, then released her and told her to go to the bathroom and wash up. Once in the bathroom, she contacted police, the letter says.

A witness told a Mansfield officer that he saw Gulley punch the teen in the face and step on her “like she was an insignificant being or a cockroach,” the letter says.

The letter, signed by Police Chief Jeff Halstead, says he believes that the daughter’s statements are credible and that Gulley assaulted the teen.

Gulley, who had been with the department since 2003, was charged Aug. 28 with assault causing bodily injury of a family member. He is free on $1,500 bail while awaiting trial.

Terri Moore, Gulley’s criminal defense attorney, did not respond to a message seeking comment.

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