Teacher acquitted on domestic abuse charges

WOODSTOCK – A judge acquitted a Frederick County special education teacher of domestic abuse charges Thursday.

Judge Kevin C. Black found Phillip Finfrock, 36, of Strasburg, not guilty on three counts of assault and battery against his wife in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court. Black dismissed two other counts of the same charge as a result of granting defense motions to strike related evidence in those cases.

Finfrock’s wife had accused him of abusing her and blaming her for her child’s physical disability. Charging documents include the wife’s account of abuse she claimed occurred from late 2014 through February 2017 at which time she obtained a protective order against her husband. Authorities charged Finfrock in March with violating that protective order. Finfrock was free on bond since then.

Finfrock pleaded not guilty to the charges. The judge held a trial in which he heard testimony from witnesses.

The court in May dismissed two counts of possession of a firearm while the subject of an active protective order and one charge of writing threats of bodily injury related to text messages Finfrock allegedly sent to his wife.  The firearm charges stemmed from the discovery of a Ruger handgun and rifle during a search of his home. The court dismissed the three charges at the request of Deputy Commonwealth’s Attorney Louis Campola.