A Pennsylvania man has been found guilty of beating his wife with a wooden spoon because she did not address him as ‘Sir’. Dan Kirby Kopp lashed out at his wife when he found her ‘disrespectful’ towards him in front of their children. The 45-year-old would routinely beat his now-estranged wife with the spoon or his hand, a court heard.
Kopp was filmed by his wife during a beating which took place in September 2012. Jurors at Lancaster Country court were shown a tape where Kopp threatens his wife with a wooden spoon.
The video shows Kopp showing her the spoon and giving her a ‘count of three to comply’ with his demand of addressing him with a ‘yes, sir’ in front of the couple’s children. He is also heard threatening to ‘cast the demons out of her’ next time she disobeyed him.
According to charging documents, Kopp would regularly hold his wife down over his knee and spank her, so she would ‘learn a lesson.’ One month after she filmed the abuse on her phone, Kopp’s wife went to local police to report the regular beatings to the authorities. She told officers he would abuse her as a ‘means of disciplining her for disobedience to him for undermining his parenting. Kopp was convicted of misdemeanor stalking and harassment, following a ‘cycle of abuse and intimidation’.
He was sentenced Tuesday to serve from one to 23 months in prison and one year of parole. He has also been subjected to a restraining order and is not allowed to contact his wife.