Police lieutenant appears in court on battery

Steve Garrison

AZTEC – A Bloomfield police lieutenant accused last month of punching his wife asked Tuesday that a pretrial hearing be delayed.

Former Bloomfield police Lt. Carroll Scott

Carroll Scott was charged Jan. 14 in Aztec Magistrate Court with one count of battery against a household member, a misdemeanor. Scott, 45, was released from the San Juan County Adult Detention Center on a $600 bond and has entered a plea of not guilty, according to court records.

He referred questions Tuesday to his attorney, Sarah Weaver. Weaver declined to comment.

A new pretrial hearing date has not been scheduled.

Deputies from the San Juan County Sheriff's Office were dispatched the night of Jan. 13 to Scott's residence on County Road 1788 after receiving reports that Scott had struck his wife, Cayci Scott, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Cayci Scott told deputies her husband became jealous when he found another man's phone number in her cell phone. She said her husband took her phone, and when she threatened to call police, he punched her in the chest, the affidavit states.

Deputies noted the woman had a red, fist-size mark on her chest, according to the affidavit.

Carroll Scott told deputies his wife grabbed his duty weapon and threatened to kill herself, which she denied, the affidavit states. Carroll Scott would not answer questions about whether he hit his wife, according to the affidavit.

Bloomfield police Chief Randy Foster said Tuesday Carroll Scott remains on administrative leave pending the completion of an internal affairs investigation.

"There is a possibility, depending on how it works out, we may have to wait until the court case concludes," Foster said.

Steve Garrison covers crime and courts for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4644.