Tahoe City PUD director denies accusations he hit his father
TAHOE CITY, Calif. andamp;#8212; A Tahoe City Public Utility District board member this week denied accusations he injured his 89-year-old father during an alleged domestic dispute in November.TCPUD Director Erik Henrikson, and his father, Oliver Henrikson, appeared Wednesday before Judge Trilla Bahrke in Placer County Superior Court. Attorney John Mohun represented Oliver Henrikson, and attorney John Ward represented Erik Henrikson.After four hours of testimony that included several back-and-forth accusations from both parties, Bahrke said she would give a formal judgment in writing by Wednesday, Aug. 3.According to testimony, Oliver Henrikson said the incident occurred some time in November when Erik Henrikson approached him at his home in Lake Forest. Erik was accompanied by his girlfriend of four years, Tahoe resident Jan Brisco.Oliver testified his son confronted him on the mistaken assumption that Oliver Henrikson had told Brisco that Erik Henrikson had sexually assaulted his sister andamp;#8212; who is now deceased andamp;#8212; years ago.andamp;#8220;He didnandamp;#8217;t want me to expose his sexual relations with his sister, which started the argument,andamp;#8221; Oliver said.Oliver said the argument escalated, and Erik eventually punched him, leaving bruises and abrasions on his face.Erik denied his fatherandamp;#8217;s testimony, saying they met after his father asked him to remove rocks from his fatherandamp;#8217;s neighboring property. The only physical interaction Erik said he had with his father during the interaction was catching him when he slipped.andamp;#8220;I have never hit him once in my entire life,andamp;#8221; Erik said.Though Oliver was adamant he had been punched, he was unable to recall, when questioned by Ward, how the incident was reported to police and if pictures had been taken.Ward also asked why it took Oliver eight months to file for a restraining order, considering he did so in June.Brisco said she did not witness any punches or hear any discussion of sexual assault, although she testified that Heidi Hunter andamp;#8212; Oliverandamp;#8217;s daughter and Erikandamp;#8217;s sister andamp;#8212; had once made a phone call to her, accusing Erik of sexual assault.Brisco said it was unclear why Oliver had fallen during the altercation.andamp;#8220;Maybe he slipped; he was moving,andamp;#8221; Brisco said. andamp;#8220;I wasnandamp;#8217;t locked on (Oliver) the whole time; it was very dark.andamp;#8221;Mohun then called Hunter and her husband, William, to testify; both said they saw abrasions on Oliverandamp;#8217;s face when taking him the next day to the Placer County Sheriffandamp;#8217;s Office.Ward also made the argument that Oliver may have made up the story because Oliver feels Brisco used her position as executive director of the Tahoe Lakefront Ownerandamp;#8217;s Association to alert the Tahoe Regional Planning Agency about a driveway he had previously constructed without approval.andamp;#8220;He (Oliver) would yell at me from across the yard that I was affiliated with TRPA and I had turned him in,andamp;#8221; Brisco said.After listening to closing arguments, Bahrke said her ruling next Wednesday will only consider recent accounts and testimony surrounding the alleged physical alteration.andamp;#8220;We are not going to litigate that issue,andamp;#8221; she said, referring to the sexual assault allegation.Bahrke also said she regretted the Henrikson family had become so divided.andamp;#8220;I see a very dysfunctional family here, and itandamp;#8217;s sad,andamp;#8221; Bahrke said.Currently, Erik is under a temporary restraining order pending Bahrkeandamp;#8217;s ruling; he faces no criminal charges.He was re-elected to Seat 4 with the TCPUD board in 2008; his term expires in 2012.