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Dave Olson, Published November 13 2012

Arizona deputy accused of attacking West Fargo man posts bond after Fargo court appearance

FARGO – A Cass County prosecutor on Tuesday called it “heartbreaking” to see a law enforcement officer from Arizona in court on a charge of aggravated assault.

Timothy Abrahamson, a detective with the Maricopa County (Ariz.) Sheriff’s Department, was arrested in Arizona last week on a Cass County warrant, accused of assaulting a man in West Fargo who’d slept with his wife.

He posted $20,000 bond in Arizona and traveled to Fargo for the Tuesday hearing in Cass County District Court, where Judge John Irby set bail for Abrahamson at $10,000, bond or cash.

Prosecutor Ryan Younggren had asked for a bail amount similar to the $20,000 amount set in Arizona.

Stating that while it was “heartbreaking” to be dealing with a defendant who was a law enforcement officer, Younggren said Abrahamson’s knowledge of the system could make it difficult to get him back to North Dakota for future hearings.

Abrahamson’s attorney, Ross Brandborg, told Irby that Abrahamson would waive extradition. Abrahamson told Irby that he lives with his wife and two sons at their home in Arizona, and he wasn’t going anywhere.

Abrahamson is on unpaid leave from his job with the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Department.

Younggren told Irby the 41-year-old victim in the case lost part of an ear in an attack that occurred Sept. 16 in the victim’s driveway.

Court documents describe an affair that began with Facebook messages between the victim and Abrahamson’s wife and a plot that culminated with Abrahamson allegedly driving to West Fargo and striking the victim multiple times with some type of weapon.

After the hearing, Abrahamson posted a $10,000 bond and was released.

His next court appearance was set for Feb. 5.

Readers can reach Forum reporter Dave Olson at (701) 241-5555

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