Police detective charged with assault of dispatcher

Lawrence Jonap

LAGO VISTA, Texas (KXAN) — A Lago Vista police detective faces assault charges after a communications operator accused him of kicking him the back and bullying him in the communications room, according to a police report.

Lawrence Jonap, 45, was charged with assault with injury, a class A misdemeanor punishable by up to a year in jail and a fine up to $4,000.

Jonap denied the accusations, saying he only “nudged” the victim.

In  the first incident, according to the report, Jonap walked by dispatcher Donald Varner and kicked him in the back, laughing while he did it. The affidavit says Varner reported the incident to his superiors immediately.

“The victim described the pain as a ‘7’ on a scale of 10, with 1 being the weakest and 10 being the strongest,” the report said.

The next day, while Varner was seated at his desk, the affidavit says Jonap hit Varner over the head with a notebook, “flicked” him on the ear, and then “passed gas” in Varner’s face.

A second operator told police she saw both the kick and the abuse the second day, the report said. Henry denied that he was bullying the operator and told police he just said “hello” to the victim and asked how his night was.

With Jonap’s patrol car parked in front of his home, KXAN tried to speak with him, but he shut the blinds and refused to answer the door.

The Lago Vista police chief did not comment on the incident when repeated messages were left, inquiring about any disciplinary action the department is taking against the officer.

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