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SALT LAKE CITY (AP) -- A deputy Salt Lake County district attorney is being investigated for domestic violence and obstructing justice after allegedly threatening deputies, a Salt Lake newspaper said.

The Deseret Morning News said in a copyright story Thursday that it had obtained a heavily redacted sheriff's office report through a request under the Government Records Access and Management Act.

The report said deputies were called to the prosecutor's home in Cottonwood Heights early Jan. 30 after a woman called 911 and said her husband had beaten her hub.

While deputies were there, the husband allegedly pointed his finger at one of them, mentioned his job and said "he hopes (the deputy's) cases don't come across his desk," according to the report.

Deputies eventually made the man leave his house for the evening, the report said.

As the man was backing out of his driveway he allegedly confronted one of the deputies and told him one day the deputy "would need a favor from him." The deputy responded by saying not to threaten him, according to the report.

The deputy district attorney made additional statements that police were "treating him like a meth head from the west side and that (with) the position he holds he would not be stupid enough to do anything to jeopardize his job," the report said.

Sheriff's Sgt. Paul Jaroscak said Wednesday the case is under review by the Cottonwood Heights prosecutor for possible charges. Jaroscak said another agency refused to review the allegations, citing a potential conflict of interest. Jaroscak did not identify the agency.

District Attorney David Yocom said he could not talk about disciplinary action within his department, but appropriate action was taken and the matter was handled professionally.

(Copyright 2005 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)

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