A Wheeling police officer has been arrested for malicious assault after he allegedly punched a woman in the face after Brewfest on Saturday.
The officer was off duty when he was arrested by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Department, and has since been released on bond.
Jacob Skinner allegedly broke the woman’s nose and fractured her face. She was taken to a local hospital.
Skinner faces up to five years in prison if convicted.
Full Press Release from the Wheeling Police Department:
“Jacob Skinner has been a law enforcement officer in good standing since 2016. We are aware that charges have been filed on Tuesday by the Ohio County Sheriff’s Office.
“He has been placed on administrative leave with pay pending the outcome of an internal investigation by the WPD’s Office of Professional Standards and court proceedings.
“As a law enforcement agency, the Wheeling Police Department recognizes the seriousness of domestic violence. Having said that, police officers, like citizens, deserve a thorough investigation and due process.
“Since this is a personnel matter, and out of respect for the investigation, no other additional comment will be made at this time.”