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Dave Roepke, Published August 26 2010

Deputy arrested at Fargo hotel

A sheriff’s deputy from Sargent County in southeast North Dakota faces a charge of disorderly conduct stemming from an incident Tuesday in Fargo.

David Gerard Kozok Jr., 25, of Gwinner was arraigned on the Class B misdemeanor Wednesday in Cass County District Court.

According to a police report filed with the charge:

Fargo police were called to the Ramada about 3 a.m. Tuesday on a report of domestic assault.

Kozok’s girlfriend had a bruised right forearm. She told police she got the bruise when Kozok pushed her and her arm struck the frame of the bathroom door in their hotel room.

The girlfriend told police the couple began arguing after Kozok said there were better-looking women at the bar they had been at earlier in the evening.

Kozok told police his girlfriend struck his head with a closed fist and then went inside the bathroom, and she bruised her arm on the bathroom door as she was trying to hit him again.

Based on the injuries his girlfriend sustained and a belief he was the “primary aggressor,” Fargo officers arrested Kozok at 4:27 a.m., according to the report.

Sargent County Sheriff Travis Paeper said Kozok has been placed on administrative leave until further notice following an internal investigation.

Paeper said Sargent County will be assisted by a neighboring agency in the investigation to avoid a conflict of interest.

Kozok has been with the Sargent County Sheriff’s Office for two years. He did not return a message left Wednesday afternoon for him at the sheriff’s office.

His next court date was set for Nov. 16.


The Associated Press contributed to this report. Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Roepke at (701) 241-5535