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Fort Worth police captain on detached duty after alleged domestic disturbance

A Fort Worth police captain is under criminal and administrative investigation after police were summoned to his home Thursday night in connection with an alleged domestic disturbance.

Capt. Duane Paul was not arrested but has been placed on detached duty — or temporarily relieved of command and police powers — pending the outcome of the investigation, said Sgt. Kelly Peel, a police spokesman.

Peel declined to release information about the disturbance, and a police report was not available Friday afternoon.

Paul, a former spokesman for the department, has been on the force since 1987. Most recently he has been commander of the North Division.

He had risen back to the rank of captain after being demoted to lieutenant in 2005 after a highly publicized incident involving sexual encounters with a woman in his unmarked city car. A private investigator videotaped Paul and a woman at Vandergriff Park in Arlington on three separate occasions that year after a Grand Prairie man hired the investigator to find out if his wife was having an affair. The investigator also worked for Cheaters, a Dallas-based TV show that exposes cheating spouses.

Fort Worth police learned of the encounters after Arlington police were called to a fitness club, where the husband — accompanied by a Cheaters crew — confronted his wife with the footage.

In addition to his demotion, Paul was suspended for 90 days.

Attempts to reach Paul on Friday were unsuccessful.

Sgt. Dwayne Dalco, president of Fort Worth Black Law Enforcement Officers Association, said Paul is a member of the organization and the group would offer moral support. However, he said, the group has no information about what happened and, therefore, no opinion about it.

“We trust the department to do a fair and impartial investigation,” he said.