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Ex-cop accused of violating pre-trial terms in Bel Air domestic assault case

A retired Baltimore police officer accused of assaulting his wife at his Bel Air home allegedly violated court orders to stop contacting the victim, who also got a court protective order issued Tuesday.

Dan Lioi, formerly a lieutenant colonel with the city police department, was ordered held on $10,000 bond by Harford County District Court Judge David Carey. Lioi made bond and was released from jail by late Tuesday afternoon, according to court records.

Lioi allegedly returned to his Dunsinnan Trail home on July 15 and was there with his wife, prompting her to call 911 and hang up, Assistant State's Attorney Alison Healey told Carey during a bail review Tuesday.

The bail review was delayed because Lioi's lawyer, Kelly Mulligan, asked for Lioi to be brought up from the Harford County Detention Center because the closed circuit television system linking the courtroom and the jail only had a one-way connection, so inmates were not visible on the screen in the courtroom.

Healy told Carey Lioi continued texting his wife and being in the house on several occasions.

"He is just simply not complying with court orders and his world, I think, in a lot of ways is unraveling," she said.

Mulligan said her client is not "judge-hopping" and explained he was not trying to violate the order but had misunderstood the conditions.

Lioi told Carey that once a previous protective order was dismissed, he and his wife had agreed to go back to living together.

Healy said it made no sense that a police officer would not understand the difference between a protective order and conditions of bail, and Carey said he found "it a little hard to believe."

Carey told Lioi he is not allowed to have any contact with his wife and must not return to the Bel Air home. Lioi said he could stay with his sister in Fallston.

Carey also agreed to set a two-hour window when Lioi could return to the house to pick up belongings, under police supervision. Mulligan asked if Lioi could go on vacation but Carey said it must be in state.

The couple has two teenage children together, Mulligan said. She noted he has no criminal record aside from the original June 15 case in which he allegedly punched his wife. Police also seized five guns from Lioi's home, following standard practice for domestic violence cases.

One gun had been seized by city police and stored as evidence, authorities said last week.

Harford County Sheriff's Office spokesperson Cristie Kahler said the missing firearm incident is still under investigation.

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