Chief: Ofc. Bryn Lindenmuth charged in domestic dispute will be reinstated
WEST MANCHESTER TOWNSHIP, Pa. — York County’s 2015 Officer of the Year, who was charged with simple assault, false imprisonment and harassment on July 17, 2016, will be reinstated, according to Southwestern Regional Chief of Police.
Ofc. Bryn Lindenmuth, of York, has been on paid administrative leave for six months. He entered a plea of no contest in a York County Court to harassment charges – which a summary offense, a grade below a misdemeanor crime – filed against him.
“For this reason the officer will be reinstated this month after a considerable amount of counseling and review by this department,” Chief Gergory M. Bean said in a statement.
Bean said of Southwestern Regional Police Department, “We require very high standards for each employee as we have a community that deserves that and demands that each day. And they should. Unfortunately, officers are not immune from the problems that our entire society faces.”
A criminal complaint described Lindenmuth’s wife’s accusations that she was involved in a four-hour domestic dispute with Lindenmuth, which started around 11 a.m. She alleged that when she returned from home from a cookout with friends, he threw beer bottles into the front yard, ripped her clothing and pushed her over a recliner while she was sitting in it. When she attempted to walk away, she claimed Lindenmuth pushed her and tried to throw her out a sliding glass door.