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Gazette Premium Content 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' wife pleads not guilty in harassment case

By Andrea Sinclair Published: September 18, 2013

Represented by her attorney, reality TV star Beth Chapman, wife of Duane 'Dog the Bounty Hunter' Chapman, entered a not guilty plea on a misdemeanor harassment charge at the El Paso County courthouse Wednesday.

"This is such a pedestrian matter, she's in Hawaii and it's a really long way to travel for a misdemeanor charge," Denver-based attorney Gary Lozow said.

The District Attorney's Office agreed to schedule the trial for Dec. 11, unless Chapman and the victim, a 16-year-old Lewis-Palmer High School student, can resolve the issue amicably, Lozow said.

Chapman is suspected of harassing a 16-year-old girl at Monument Lake on July 10, when she allegedly berated the teenager for wearing inappropriate clothing.

"We truly believe she can be exonerated of this charge," Lozow said.

The Monument Police Department issued an arrest warrant for Chapman July 13 after she failed to return repeated calls from police, spokesman Lt. Steve Burk said.

"Normally, we would issue a summons in a situation like that and the person would receive a ticket, kind of like they were receiving a ticket for speeding," Burk told The Gazette in July. "However, messages were left for Ms. Chapman, and she didn't return them. Unknown if she ever got them or not, but messages were left, and she didn't return them, so from that point on, we don't have a choice but to move forward and the only way to move forward is to issue a warrant," he said.

The police report stated witnesses said Chapman allegedly called the girl 'a tramp, slut and whore.'

Chapman told RadarOnline that the girl deserved to be scolded. "The only thing this girl got was a tongue lashing that her mother should have given her before she left the house that day in her Daisy Dukes with her butt cheeks hanging out," she said.

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