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Thieneman arraigned on EPO violation charges

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The boarded up door of Snap Fitness The boarded up door of Snap Fitness

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) – A man who has run to be Louisville mayor has been arraigned on new charges related to a woman he once dated.

Chris Thieneman, 48, pleaded not guilty to violating his Emergency Protection Order against an ex-girlfriend and retaliating against the participant in the legal process.

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"My client has falsely been accused," said Frank Mascagni, Thieneman's defense attorney. "He is the landowner, corporate owner of the property that is subject to the alleged contact. My client owns the property he has the right to deal with the property as he owns it, subject to the rights of the tenant."

Court documents say on April 30 Thieneman instructed his employees to remove the front doors of the victim's business, Snap Fitness. The next day, Thieneman, who owns the property where Snap Fitness is located, had his employees removed the plywood that had been placed over the opening where the doors once were and put old equipment into the building that did not belong to the fitness business.

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Thomas Clay, the victim's attorney, said the incident is hurting both the victim and her business.

"All she wants to do is be left alone," Clay said. "She's remarried she wants him out of her life she wants him out of her life to quit harassing her."

Thieneman's trial is scheduled to begin June 9 for his original charges where police say he allegedly pushed and tried to strangle the victim.  

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Mascagni said he will be making a motion to dismiss the most recent charges before trial begins, but Clay said Mascagni may not get the chance. According to Clay, that's because of the agreement Mascagni drew up months ago saying Thieneman wouldn't contact the victim.

"Mr. Mascagni drew that up so he's represented both [the victim] and Mr. Thieneman and I'm afraid that puts him in a position of conflict of interest," Clay said. "My understanding is the county attorney is going to seek his qualification."

The woman is expected to testify against Thieneman in his upcoming trial.

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