Emer­gency pro­tec­tion or­der against RNC of­fi­cer with­drawn

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An emer­gency pro­tec­tion or­der against RNC Const. Steve Curnew has been dropped. Curnew, 43, was ar­rested late last month af­ter he al­legedly vi­o­lated the or­der, which banned him from con­tact­ing a woman. He was charged with a sin­gle count of breach­ing an or­der un­der the Fam­ily Vi­o­lence and Pro­tec­tion Act and was re­leased on a $1,000 surety.

Curnew is due back in court on that charge on Sept. 6, but on Fri­day, the emer­gency pro­tec­tion or­der was of­fi­cially dropped.

The court heard the woman had con­tacted the RNC to in­di­cate she wanted the or­der with­drawn, and lawyer Randy Piercey, rep­re­sent­ing Curnew, said the par­ties had come to an agree­ment on the mat­ter. Judge Colin Flynn agreed to with­draw the or­der. Curnew is a for­mer me­dia relations of­fi­cer for the RNC, and a mem­ber of the crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tion di­vi­sion. Ac­cord­ing to a writ­ten state­ment is­sued by RNC Chief Joe Boland at the time of Curnew’s ar­rest, Curnew was not on duty at the time of the al­leged EPO breach, and is cur­rently non­op­er­a­tional and on leave. The al­leged breach did not in­clude vi­o­lence, Boland said.

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