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Retired Hamburg police captain arraigned on harassment charges

A retired Hamburg police captain who was arrested following a domestic disturbance at his home in May is facing additional charges of harassing officers during that incident, according to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.

Christopher P. Monaco, 42, of Hamburg, was arraigned before Hamburg Town Justice Gerald P. Gorman on two counts of second-degree harassment, which are violations.

Prosecutors allege that Monaco "subjected two Town of Hamburg police officers to physical contact while the officers were performing their lawful duties" in response to the domestic disturbance May 11.

Monaco, a member of the Hamburg Police Department since 1997, was arraigned May 15 on one count of obstructing governmental administration, a misdemeanor. Monaco was placed on unpaid administrative suspension following the incident. He retired as a Hamburg police captain in June.

The May 11 incident occurred at about 11:30 p.m. when police officers responded to Monaco's home after receiving a 911 hang-up call. Upon officers' arrival, the defendant was accused of attempting to prevent the officers from conducting their investigation by ordering the victim, his wife, to not provide a statement.

Monaco tried to prevent Capt. James J. Koch from interviewing Monaco's wife during a domestic disturbance, according to a court complaint Koch filed.

Monaco also continually tried to give orders to members of the police department and "did physically engage these officers in an attempt to prevent them from performing their official function of investigating this domestic disturbance," the complaint states.

Monaco is scheduled to return to court at 9:30 a.m. Sept. 5 for a motion argument. The prosecution requested orders of protection on behalf of the victim, which the judge denied.

Monaco remains free on his own recognizance. If convicted on the most serious charge, he faces a maximum possible sentence of one year in jail.

Hamburg police captain arrested following domestic dispute

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