MORGAN TOWNSHIP, Ohio (FOX19) - A Cincinnati police officer and her sister were arrested on charges of domestic violence and criminal damaging after an argument at a card game turned violent, according to the Butler County Sheriff’s Office.
Rose Valentino, 38, and her sister, Angela Hauger, 43, are accused of hitting each other with fists and repeatedly striking the hood of each other’s vehicles with an umbrella, according to criminal complaints filed in Butler County Area I Court.
Valentino faces an additional charge of assault. She is accused of punching a male relative of Hauger’s, the complaint states.
Both women had swollen eyes, an incident report states.
They were booked into the county jail early Sunday and held without bond until video arraignments Monday, court and jail records show.
The sisters were released on their own recognizance. They are scheduled to appear in Butler County Area 1 Court at 1 p.m. Thursday.
Hauger contacted FOX19 NOW Tuesday and wrote on Facebook the card game had ended and she was trying to stop her sister from driving with a 5-year-old because she suspected she was intoxicated.
Hauger said another woman and Valentino “threw the punches. I was an innocent and the only sober person. I medically can not drink. I am the one who filed the police report after Rose took an umbrella to my care (sic) for a simple police report. Butler County pressed the charges. Butler County was pissed that I wouldn’t. And because I wouldn’t, the (deputy) arrested me. I did nothing and all the evidence will prove this.”
She also wrote in a separate Facebook post: “I will set the record straight immediately. I am Angela Hauger. I did not strike Rose’s car. I did not lay a hand on her. The physical altercation started between my other sister and Rose. All evidence will prove this. I do not drink alcohol due to a medical condition and I did not strike anyone! I left the card game after rose became heavily intoxicated. And Rose became aggessive (sic) after anothe (sic) family member took her keys because of the amount she had drank. Most everything stated is fake and manipulated information for ratings.”
FOX19 NOW attempted to Valentino or a lawyer on her behalf for comment. She was not charged with any alcohol-related offenses.
A sheriff’s report indicates deputies suspected Valentino and Hauger’s male relative had used alcohol but not Hauger.
Valentino’s police powers have been suspended, and she is assigned to an administrative assignment pending the outcome of the court proceedings, according to Cincinnati police.
A deputy responded to a report of “intoxicated persons” at a home on California Road in Morgan Township at 12:19 a.m. Sunday, according to an incident report.
The deputy talked to a woman who said her family was over playing cards when an argument broke out. The deputy wrote in the report: “All parties then left before our arrival."
Shortly after, at 1:50 a.m., other deputies responded to a location on Hamilton Cleves Road in Ross Township.
Hauger reported her sister became physically aggressive with them, striking them both with closed fists and pushing them, before taking an umbrella to her car and damaging the hood.
Five minutes later, a deputy was dispatched to another location on Hamilton Cleves Road to meet with Valentino. She reported they became physically aggressive with her, pushing her and striking her in the stomach and face. She said her sister took an umbrella and struck her vehicle.
In 2011, Valentino was one of four female Cincinnati police officers featured in TLC’s Police Women reality documentary series “Police Women of Cincinnati.”
She also was one of three Cincinnati police officers named, along with the city of Cincinnati, in a federal lawsuit filed last year by a realtor and prospective homebuyer. The men alleged they were illegally detained after a retired Cincinnati officer called 911 to report a break-in.
Three days after the suit was filed, the city of Cincinnati apologized and announced a $151,000 settlement.