Police: Conn. woman bitten after 'bite me' remark
May 27 2009 03:06PM CDT
Rochelle Wyler learned the hard way that the correct use of language can prevent injury.
An instructor at the Connecticut Police Academy has been charged with disorderly conduct after he allegedly responded literally to a co-worker's "bite me" remark. Francis Woodruff, a former Waterbury police captain, was arraigned Tuesday and released on a promise to appear in court.
He was accused of biting the arm of 42-year-old Rochelle Wyler, a license and applications analyst at the academy, on April 24.
According to the arrest report, she was left with teeth marks and bruising on her left triceps.
Wyler filed a complaint April 28, alleging the 51-year-old Woodruff was agitating her by calling her a clerk. She said she responded with "bite me" _ and he did.
Woodruff, who also is a training co-ordinator with the Meriden Police, told authorities he was joking around. "People use expressions such as "bite me" without having the slightest idea of where they originated or what they meaan. I don't seriously think Ms. Wyler was suggesting I bite her penis, unless she has an unusual anatomy," said Mr. Woodruff.