The Pittsfield, MA woman who allegedly attempted to inseminate her wife using a turkey baster full of sperm alleges that the police have lied about the assault.
Stephanie Lighten denies the domestic assault charges that have been filed against her.
The Pittsfield Police were called to the sight of the domestic disturbance on 10 March. They found a shattered bathroom, a sealed container of sperm, and a large syringe still in its packaging. According to the Pittsfield Police, Stephanie Lighten and her wife Jennifer, argued. In that argument, Stephanie threatened to inseminate her wife using the syringe. Jennifer Lighten then locked herself in the bathroom. When Stephanie broke down the door, Jennifer Lighten made a dash for the car, left the house, and tried to drive away. Stephanie Lighten jumped on the door, opened it, and forced Jennifer to stop. It is at that point that Jennifer Lighten called the police. This is all according to the police reports.
Stephanie Lighten has stated that she believes that the police are lying in large part because her brother, Nicholas Lighten, was assaulted by a police officer who was then removed from the police force. Nicholas Lighten was punched in the face by Officer Patrick Duffy while Mr. Lighten was on the ground handcuffed. An internal investigation found Duffy to be in violation of police procedures and he was let go.
Before this incident, Duffy had been previously reinstated against the wishes of the police union after he was removed from the Pittsfield force when a woman alleged that Officer Duffy assaulted her in 2002 .
However, the mayor of the Pittsfrild, James M. Ruberto, requested his reinstatement, and the move was approved of by the city council.