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Officer pleads no contest to child endangerment
January 09, 2008, 12:00 AM By Michelle Durand

A California Highway Patrol lieutenant accused of pushing his wife into a coffee table during an argument in front of their two children preserved his job by pleading no contest to misdemeanor child endangerment rather than domestic violence because the latter charge prohibits a person from carrying a weapon for 10 years.

Without the ability to possess a gun, Martin Joel Whited’s job with the Sacramento branch would be endangered. Instead, Whited, 47, of El Dorado Hills, pleaded no contest to the other charge with the same conditions as a domestic violence conviction. He was immediately sentenced to three years probation, 104 hours of domestic violence counseling and is forbidden from harassing the victim.

Whited’s wife was not cooperative with the prosecution which led in part to the deal, said Chief Deputy District Attorney Steve Wagstaffe.

Daly City police arrested Whited Aug. 3 after his wife called to report the alleged incident at the Hampton Inn. The couple, who have been married for 13 years, were arguing about the late hour and if one of their sons had eaten, the other child reportedly told police.

Whited allegedly pushed his wife who stumbled and struck her head on the edge of a coffee table.

The woman sustained "a significant cut to the back of her head” and was treated at a nearby hospital but did not want to cooperate with police, Wagstaffe said.

Whited has been free from custody on a $25,000 bail bond.

Michelle Durand can be reached by e-mail: michelle@smdailyjournal.com or by phone: (650) 344-5200 ext. 102.  

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