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August 7, 2009 at 9:00 AM

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Trial begins for Seattle police officer charged with assaulting wife

Posted by Jennifer Sullivan

Seattle police officer Scott Moss, who is accused of cutting his wife during a fight earlier this year, is on trial in King County Superior Court for second-degree assault with a deadly weapon.

Moss is on administrative leave from the department. He is a 15 year veteran, who was once a department media relations officer.

A jury was being being picked Thursday and opening statements are scheduled to being on Monday morning. If convicted, Moss faces more than a year in prison, said Dan Donohoe, spokesman for King County Prosecutor Dan Satterberg.

Moss is accused of assaulting his wife inside their Sammamish-area home on March 21 after she confronted him over an affair he was purportedly having with another woman, court charging papers said.

After being confronted, Moss grabbed his wife by the wrists and pushed her toward the kitchen, according to the documents. He then took two knives from a butcher block and cut his wife's thumb, the documents say.

Moss' wife ran out the back door to a neighbor's house, and police were called. The woman told deputies she feared he would get a handgun from his car, according to the documents. The couple have four children and have been married for 14 years, prosecutors said.

When King County sheriff's deputies drove Moss to a nearby police station, Moss was reported saying, "My career is over," and "All I did was move her out of the way," according to the probable-cause statement.

Moss's wife received four stitches to her thumb.

Moss was arrested in 2005 by the State Patrol for investigation of drinking and driving. He was later convicted of a reduced charge of first-degree negligent driving after meeting court conditions related to alcohol use.

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