Judge rules in favor of Tahoe City PUD member accused of hitting father | SierraSun.com

Judge rules in favor of Tahoe City PUD member accused of hitting father

Jason ShuehSierra Sun
Jason Shueh/Sierra SunTahoe City Public Utility District Director Erik Henrikson listens to Placer County Superior Court Commissioner Trilla Bahrke at a restraining order hearing between himself and his father Oliver Henrikson late last month.
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TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; There is not enough evidence to enforce a permanent restraining order against Tahoe City Public Utility District Board Member Erik Henrikson, who was alleged to have injured his father last year, a local judge found last week.Judge Trilla Bahrke of the Placer County Superior Court ruled in favor of Henrikson, saying in her finding last week that Erik’s father, Oliver Henrikson, andamp;#8220;andamp;#8230;failed to convince the court that an incident occurred that would justify a permanent restraining order in this case.andamp;#8221;In her finding, Bahrke declined to grant a permanent restraining order against Erik, and also lifted the temporary restraining order against him that had been in place since June, when Oliver filed for one regarding an alleged domestic dispute last November when he said Erik punched him in the face.Court testimony in late July showed Oliver had fallen multiple times in the past and that he lacked an explanation for why he had fallen to the bottom of his driveway during another November incident last year, near the same time of the alleged assault, according to Bahrke’s order.andamp;#8220;The court does not believe that Oliver was injured because he was struck by Erik,andamp;#8221; it states.According to previous testimony, Oliver said the incident occurred when Erik approached him at his neighboring home in Lake Forest on the mistaken assumption that Oliver had told Erik’s girlfriend, Jan Brisco, his son had sexually assaulted his sister andamp;#8212; who is now deceased andamp;#8212; years ago.Oliver said the argument escalated when Erik eventually punched him and left bruises and abrasions on his face.andamp;#8220;This is a serious matter, and to be dismissed by the judge is unbelievable,andamp;#8221; Oliver said in a written statement to the Sun.In an interview last week, attorney John Ward, who represented Erik, said he was very pleased with Bahrke’s ruling.Ward said Oliver was andamp;#8220;scurrilousandamp;#8221; for using an alleged sexual assault as part of his argument.andamp;#8220;I absolutely do not believe that Erik injured or assaulted his father in any way; he’s taken care of him all of his life,andamp;#8221; Ward said.Brisco’s testimony denying any type of physical altercation between Erik and his father was persuasive, according to Bahrke’s finding.andamp;#8220;Although she is Erik’s girlfriend, she adamantly stated that she would not come to the court and lie under oath,andamp;#8221; the ruling states.Added proof, according to the finding, is the testimonies of Erik and Brisco were identical.In an interview last week, attorney John Mohun, representing Oliver, said the similarity between Brisco’s and Erik’s testimony is no indication of the truth, as both were allowed to hear each other’s testimony, unlike his witnesses andamp;#8212; Heidi Hunter and William Hunter, Erik’s sister and brother-in-law. andamp;#8220;(Brisco) listened to exactly what Erik said, and he listened to exactly what she said,andamp;#8221; said Mohun, adding his client might consider an appeal.Heidi Hunter testified to have observed injuries on Oliver’s face after the alleged incident and to have driven him to report it to the Placer County Sheriff’s Office.In her order, Bahrke described Heidi Hunter’s testimony as impartial and lacking credibility.andamp;#8220;Erik’s sister, Heidi, also seemed very angry and vindictive (toward) her brother. She did not appear in the light of an impartial witness,andamp;#8221; the finding states.Bahrke’s order also expressed disbelief that if Erik had punched his father, Oliver would not have immediately reported the incident and filed for a protective order, rather than waiting until June, about eight months after the alleged dispute.Erik was re-elected to Seat 4 with the TCPUD board in 2008; his term expires in 2012.