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Former Cincinnati Bengals defensive end Jonathan Fanene faces charges he used a pipe, golf club and broom handle to assault his wife and his sister over allegations he had an affair.
Fanene, 37, has been charged in the district court of American Samoa with eight felonies, including kidnapping and assault, and five misdemeanors. He has been released on $100,000 bail and will appear in court next week.
Fanene - University - Utah - Bengals - Round
Fanene played for the University of Utah and was drafted by the Bengals in the seventh round of the 2005 NFL draft. He played seven seasons for the Bengals and started 10 games in 2009. He played for New England in 2012, but he was released after suffering a knee injury in training camp and missing 13 consecutive practices.
In 2014, Fanene moved back to his native American Samoa with his wife and two children. Until this week, he had served as director of the American Samoa Department of Youth and Women's Affairs.
Information - Police - Commission - Decision - Mr
'Based on the information I received from the Police Commission, my decision is to terminate Mr. Fanene,' American Samoa's acting governor, Lt. Gov. Lemanu Palepoi Sialega Mauga, told the Associated Press on Wednesday.
An acting director has already been named, and Mauga expected Fanene's termination letter to be mailed Thursday or Friday.
Friday - Morning - Fanene - Director - Agency
As of Friday morning, Fanene was still listed at the director on the agency's website.
Mauga said he made the decision after reviewing the files and photos of Fanene's wife from the investigation.
Incident - May - Couple - Son - Police
The incident is alleged to have occurred on May 26 and been witnessed by the couple's nine-year-old son, who told police his father told him to grab 'the bat,' according to court documents. When the boy couldn't find one, he brought a pipe, golf club and broom handle.
The son then saw his father 'use these objects to assault' his mother and aunt,...
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