MASON CITY – A county computer guru who is on unpaid leave from his job at the courthouse due to a messy domestic incident was found not guilty Wednesday in Cerro Gordo County Court.
Scott A. Tepner, 45, had faced a charge of domestic assault causing bodily injury after a March 21, 2013 incident at a girlfriend’s home in the Highland neighborhood.
Local attorney Mark Young, who works for the City of Mason City and specializes in divorce, family, and custody cases, prosecuted the case. Richard Piscopo defended Tepner.
Tepner’s ex-girlfriend contacted NIT Thursday morning and said she is “heartbroken” over the outcome, stating that photo evidence shows she was physically injured by Tepner.
“I am in fear,” the woman told NIT. “My address is out there. I’m heartbroken over this outcome.”
She said the damage from Mr. Tepner was severe.
“I was a victim of physical abuse, mental abuse and psychological abuse.”
Tepner still faces a felony stalking charge related to the case. According to police, the protected party in the case “reported that from June 28, 2013 to July 24,2013, Tepner had either driven out of his way to go by her house and / or follow her around town. This allegedly occurred multiple times.”
A trial date is set for December 3rd.
A vote of ‘no confidence’ was also brought to and approved by the Cerro Gordo County Supervisors due to Tepner’s on-going legal struggles.