Former mayoral candidate Thieneman accused of violating EPO
Chris Thieneman (Source: LMDC)
LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A former mayoral candidate and well-known developer has been arrested after he was accused of violating an emergency protective/domestic violence order against his ex-girlfriend.
According to Louisville Metro police, on April 30, Chris Thieneman, 48, had his employees go to a building he owned in the 10100 block of Dixie Highway and enter a business owned by his ex. Thieneman told his employees to remove the front doors of the business, which left the contents inside unsecured.
On May 1, the day following the door removal, police said acting under Thieneman's direction, his employees went to the business and removed plywood placed in front of the hole created by the missing doors. He then instructed employees to move old equipment that did not belong to his ex into the business.
Thieneman had previously been ordered not to have contact with his ex who testified against him in a DVO hearing. The arrest warrant says because the ex has a vested interest in the property and business, disposing of the doors is a violation of the DVO. It goes on to state that Thieneman has had third party contact with his ex by having his employees "harass, annoy and intimidate" her.
Officers arrested Thieneman May 29. He is charged with violation of Kentucky EPO, violation of conditions of release and retaliating against a participant in the legal process.
In 2008, Thieneman, a former defensive lineman for the University of Louisville, ran in the Republican primary for the 3rd Congressional District seat. He was also a candidate for Louisville Metro mayor in the 2010 primary but lost to Hal Heiner. Thieneman had unsuccessful in a run for the 37th District seat in the Kentucky State Senate.