ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A Metropolitan Detention Center correctional officer is on paid administrative leave following an arrest for domestic violence.
Sgt. Steven Fabrizio was arrested and booked last week. According to a criminal complaint, Fabrizio’s wife told the Albuquerque Police Department that Fabrizio had slapped her in the face and punched her, all while she held the couple’s one-year-old daughter.
An officer reported seeing a bruise on the woman’s face and a scrape on her back.
According to the criminal complaint, while Fabrizio admitted there was an argument, he denied it turned physical. He also claimed his wife had “beaten herself up” in the past in order to frame him.
The officer filed battery, criminal damage and child endangerment charges against Fabrizio.
Court records show this is not Fabrizio’s first brush with the law this year.
According to another criminal complaint filed in April, Fabrizio’s wife told police that Fabrizio got angry after he got a ticket and started hitting his wife as they were driving back to Albuquerque, at one point trying to smash her head into the dashboard.
Although charges were filed in that case as well, attorneys for Fabrizio raised the issue of whether the crime occurred in Bernalillo County and should be heard in that particular court. The District Attorney’s spokesperson Kayla Anderson says in order to resolve that issue, the court ruled it needed the victim’s help. Anderson says the victim declined to cooperate and the charges had to be dropped.