A veteran Phoenix police officer arrested by Scottsdale police on suspicion of severely beating his 14-year-old daughter after she ran away has been reassigned to administrative duty pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
Robert Remsik, 47, an officer with Phoenix for more than 19 years, works at the department’s bureau at Phoenix Sky Harbor International Airport. He was arrested at his home in the 7500 block of East Taylor Street about 8 p.m. Tuesday, according to Scottsdale police.
Remsik is accused of felony aggravated assault on a juvenile and domestic violence, police said. Remsik was taken into custody and briefly held in the Maricopa County’s Fourth Avenue Jail, police said.
He was released sometime Wednesday after his initial court appearance.
A girl who said she was Remsik’s daughter answered the phone at his house Wednesday night and said the terms of his release bar him from staying in the home.
The Phoenix Police Department’s Professional Standards Bureau is conducting an internal investigation of the incident, while detectives in the Scottsdale Police Department’s Violent Crimes Unit also are investigating.
The teen, who police say was beaten in the backyard of the Remsik residence Tuesday afternoon, ran to the home of a friend who called Scottsdale police because of the amount of bruising and swelling on the victim’s face.
The girl, a student in the Tempe Unified School District, was taken to Scottsdale Healthcare Osborn where she was treated and released.
Police received two previous reports of a girl running away from Remsik’s home — one earlier this month and another sometime in the summer, police Sgt. Mark Clark said. The runaway is believed to be the same girl, Clark said.
However, there had been no reports of violence at the home, Clark said.
He said the girl didn’t show up for school Tuesday.
When someone from the school called the Remsik residence to report the teen’s absence, her mother searched for her.
Remsik’s preliminary hearing is scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Nov. 30 at the County Regional Court Center in Phoenix.
- Tribune writer Nick Martin contributed to this report.