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Clearwater officeraccused of beating wife

The pairgot into an argument when she refused to engage in sex acts with other couples, authorities say.

By Mallory Simon
Published June 20, 2006

LUTZ - A Clearwater police officer was arrested Sunday after beating his wife for refusing to engage in group sex, according to a Pasco County sheriff's report.

Deputies arrested Nicholas Brems, 43, a motorcycle officer, at his home in Lutz and charged him with domestic abuse.

The incident began some time after 6:30 p.m. Sunday, when Brems and his wife got into an argument when he suggested the pair engage in sexual acts with other couples, according to the report.

Brems' wife said after she told her husband no, he began pushing her head into a wall and punched her several times. According to the report, the beating left Brems' wife with "blood streaming from the left side of her head," as well as bruises on other parts of her body.

When a deputy spoke with Brems, he said his actions were in self-defense and he would "beat this, because he did nothing wrong," according to the report.

The deputy also noted in the report that Brems appeared to be drunk and had a strong odor of alcohol on him as well as slurred speech.

Brems, who was hired by the Clearwater Police Department in 1991, will be taken off the street and given office duties until his case is resolved, said department spokesman Wayne Shelor.

Brems' record showed his police department supervisors thought he was an excellent officer and praised him for exemplary leadership and commitment to the job. His personnel file also shows no prior disciplinary action against him.

[Last modified June 20, 2006, 07:27:05]

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