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Spouse Files Restraining Order Against Officer

Valley News Staff Writer
Published: 8/21/2017 11:56:50 PM
Modified: 8/21/2017 11:56:55 PM

White River Junction — A Windsor police officer who was the subject of a use of force investigation several years ago while working for the Hartford Police Department had a restraining order filed against him last week by his wife, who is an officer herself.

Sgt. Jonathan Adams allegedly put Kristinnah Adams — a Special Investigations Unit detective for Hartford police — in “fear of imminent serious physical harm” and stalked her, according to the temporary relief from abuse order Windsor Superior Court Judge Thomas Devine granted on Aug. 15.

No details about what allegedly took place will be made public until an Aug. 29 hearing in Washington County, a court clerk in Windsor County said on Monday.

Kristinnah Adams was awarded temporary custody of the couple’s two young children, and Jonathan Adams was ordered to have no contact with her.

He also was forced to surrender his duty weapon, as well as all other firearms.

Meanwhile, separate court documents indicate the Adamses are in the middle of a divorce. Kristinnah Adams filed for divorce in June, writing that the pair have been separated since the end of March.

Reached by telephone on Monday, Kristinnah Adams declined to comment on what circumstances prompted her to seek a restraining order against her husband. Jonathan Adams declined to comment too, other than to say “this is impacting both me and my children in a negative way.”

Jonathan Adams remains employed full-time by the Windsor Police Department, but Windsor Police Chief Bill Sampson confirmed that Adams isn’t allowed to have his gun. Therefore, he is on “restricted duty” Sampson said, and is doing clerical-type work.

Another law enforcement officer in the Upper Valley was allowed to keep his duty weapon after being criminally charged in a case where he was accused of assaulting his estranged wife. Washington County Judge John Pacht earlier this month let Randolph Police Chief Daniel Brunelle keep possession of his gun, saying he chose not to impose a restriction in past misdemeanor domestic cases.

Sampson said he has no knowledge of what prompted Kristinnah Adams to seek a restraining order.

“There wasn’t anything presented to me,” Sampson said, noting that no criminal charges are pending.

Messages left for Vermont State Police, which is the agency that served Jonathan Adams, weren’t returned.

Several years ago, Jonathan Adams was the subject of an investigation by the Vermont Attorney General’s Office into alleged misuse of force during an incident at the Shady Lawn in September 2010.

Monica Therrien, along with multiple witnesses, contended that Adams intentionally threw her to the ground, leaving her bleeding from the head, after she called 911 for help.

However, Glenn Cutting, former Hartford police chief, told the Valley News at the time that Therrien, who was intoxicated, tried to walk away from Adams and when he tried to stabilize her, she accidentally fell to the ground.

The Attorney General’s Office cleared Adams of wrongdoing, ruling that criminal charges were unwarranted.

The attorney general’s report made no mention of the eyewitnesses who corroborated Therrien’s version of events.

The town paid Therrien $32,500 to settle claims she was considering filing in a lawsuit. Jonathan Adams resigned from the Hartford department the following year.

Kristinnah Adams also has been the subject of litigation.

Former Wilder resident Wayne Burwell filed a federal civil rights lawsuit in 2012 against Hartford officers — one of them Adams — after they allegedly used excessive force against him in his own home in May 2010.

Officer Fredrick Peyton and Adams entered Burwell’s home while responding to a report that the residence had been “ransacked” and that an unknown male was inside. Police pepper-sprayed and repeatedly struck Burwell with a baton after finding him sweating and sitting naked on an upper-floor toilet; at the time, Burwell was suffering from a medical event and was only semi-conscious.

The Attorney General’s Office cleared the officers of criminal wrongdoing. But Burwell, an African-American, is slated to go to trial on some of his claims in October.

Jonathan Adams continues to live in the Loveland Hill Road home in White River Junction, while Kristinnah Adams has moved to Lebanon.

Jordan Cuddemi can be reached at or 603-727-3248.

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