PFA Reveals Details of Alleged Abuse by Rep. Haggerty

DUNMORE -- The wife of a state lawmaker from our area claims he threw water bottles at her, hit her in the head, and has abused her in the past.

State Representative Kevin Haggerty of Lackawanna County has not spoken publicly about the protection from abuse order filed by his wife, but more details about what she says happened last week are becoming public.

Haggerty was in Harrisburg Monday afternoon, voting on several bills at the state Capitol. He did not address what happened Thursday night at his home in Dunmore.

Back in November, Kevin Haggerty was all smiles and arm and arm with his wife Jennifer. The Democrat from Dunmore had just won back a seat in the state house.

But a protection from abuse order reveals a troubled marriage.

According to the PFA filed Friday in Lackawanna County, Jennifer Haggerty claims that her husband, "head butt and threw me down, approximately May 10. Other (times) have been slapped, hit, hair pulled, objects thrown at me, and thrown to (the) ground."

In the PFA, Haggerty's wife writes that Thursday night he "threw 2 bottles of water at me and hit me in the left side of the head hard enough to feel temporary loss of hearing and facial numbness."

"Kevin has an anger issue, and it was displayed many times at the office. I've seen him break furniture, throw chairs, and all that kind of thing, so I sincerely hope he works in out," said Harry Kirias.

Kirias was a legislative assistant for Haggerty during the lawmaker's first term in the state house from 2012 to 2013.

"To him, it was always political, and if things didn't go his way, the anger came out," Kirias said, adding that he believes he needs professional help.

"I feel sorry for him."

An attorney for Haggerty released the following statement:

"The allegations raised against Mr. Kevin Haggerty are of a personal nature between his wife, Jennifer, and himself. It is not appropriate that he comment at this time regarding said allegations. The allegations and Mr. Haggerty's position relative thereto shall be addressed in the appropriate forum at the time and date set for same."

Right now, there are no criminal charges against Representative Haggerty.

His wife has not asked to file either harassment or assault charges.

Haggerty is not allowed to go to his home or contact his wife until the case goes before a judge in Lackawanna County family court.

A hearing is set for May 31.

14 comments

  • Here we go again.

    So, regardless that its a personal issue…which social media seems to not care about. This guy should resign like all the others that have been caught doing personal things of a not so tolerant nature that are of status within government positions. What kind of man hits a Lady?? What kind of Lady puts up with a man who hits her?? I do give the wife some fault for not filing or doing something sooner. Abuse is abuse and its sad that his political status kept her away from getting out.
    DONT BE AFRAID TO LEAVE!! Moral of the story
    KEEP YOUR HANDS TO YOURSELF (No matter if you’re male or female)

  • think positive

    Creep. Only a weakling of a man picks on a woman in order to overlook his own shortcomings.

  • joe

    Shame on her for not filing charges.
    She’s not only putting herself in danger, but her children too.
    And what kind of life lesson is she teaching her children?
    By not filing, she’s telling them it’s ok to do this & ok to put up with it.

  • Help me!

    If, Frank Farina, didn’t slit his political throat last fall he’s be a shoe in for the seat next time it came up for election. But now it’s up in the air. People will definitely vote him out after learning of his mental and physically abusive nature. Seats open folks! I wonder who will run? It will be fun (if you are really into politics) watching the race for this state congressional seat.

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