The owner of the Beach House Tavern, awaiting sentencing for tax evasion charges after pleading guilty in federal court in May, was charged with domestic simple assault for allegedly dragging a woman down the stairs of his house and punching her in the face in the bottom of the stairs.
Police said they they were dispatched to Kenneth J. O'Brien’s Park Avenue house at around 10:15 p.m. on June 4 after a report of an assault.
At the house, O’Brien was reportedly intoxicated and he and another woman said the alleged victim showed up at the house as they were in the process of getting inside and an argument eventually ensued between the two women.
The victim reportedly went back to the Beach House Tavern and there, police said they observed fresh bruises. She described being dragged down the stairs and being struck, telling police that it was unprovoked.
O’Brien was taken into custody without incident after an investigation.
Police notied that he was carrying $2,700 cash at the time of his arrest.
Court records show O'Brien allegedly failed to disclose $929,095 in income from the business, failing to pay the IRS $171,990 in taxes, plus interest and penalties over the course of three years between 2007 and 2010.
O'Brien could face up to five years in federal prison and a fine of $100,000 when sentenced on Sept. 2 after entering his guilty plea.
O'Brien entered his guilty plea before U.S. District Court Judge John J. McConnell Jr., and in his admission, said he kept two sets of business bookkeeping records, pocketed the cash and ultimately falsified his personal income tax returns.
During the investigation, O'Brien reportedly told an undercover agent that "I steal five to ten thousand a month.""On a slow month, five, on a good month, ten," he reportedly told the agent.