CASPER, Wyo. — Court documents filed by prosecutors allege a second-grade teacher in Casper hit his ex-wife with a truck in front of children during an August incident outside a restaurant.
The documents are part of the criminal case against Kellan Holbrook, 33, who is on administrative leave from his position at Crest Hill Elementary School. Police arrested him Monday at the school.
Holbrook had tried to back over the woman while exchanging children for visitation, the documents state. The truck’s tailgate hit her in the chest before Holbrook pulled onto the curb and sped out of the parking lot, the documents state the woman told police.
Holbrook has pleaded not guilty to four misdemeanors, including two counts of domestic battery. His attorney, Don Fuller, said Wednesday that the charges stemmed from an “ugly divorce.” He said the woman jumped out in front of the car as Holbrook was leaving the lot.
The August truck incident, which took place outside of a Dairy Queen on Second Street, is part of a history of domestic violence, the documents allege. A child told investigators she had previously seen Holbrook kick the woman, breaking her ribs.
“It’s not right to hit someone with a car or kick them and break their ribs,” the documents state the child said.
The documents also state the woman provided medical documentation from 2016 to police indicating her left ribs were fractured as a result of the kick.
In an interview with a police detective regarding the allegations, Holbrook said in the presence of his lawyer that he had no recollection of kicking the woman, the documents state.
Court records indicate that the woman had filed a divorce complaint in 2017 stating she had lived with Holbrook previously but moved following a “domestic violence incident” in 2016. In his own filings, Holbrook denied the allegation.
A judge granted the divorce but details of the final ruling were not made public.
Prosecutors also charged Holbrook in 2017 with domestic battery and criminal trespass, according to court records. The charges were later dismissed. Details of those proceedings were not immediately available Wednesday.
District records indicate Holbrook began teaching at Crest Hill Elementary this fall. He previously taught fourth grade at University Park Elementary, according to a copy of the school’s 2016-17 handbook.
Officials had no reason to believe the teacher posed a threat to student or staff safety at the school, district spokeswoman Tanya Southerland said Monday night.
Southerland said the school district would be placing Holbrook on administrative leave pending further information from the police.
She did not respond to a Wednesday afternoon voicemail seeking comment for this story.