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Judge Paul Seeman (Alameda County Sheriff's Office)

A former Alameda County judge on probation in a financial elder abuse case and his wife were arrested on misdemeanor domestic violence charges this week after a physical altercation at a swanky Connecticut hotel, police said.

Berkeley residents Paul Seeman, 59, and Kristin Seeman, 69, were cited and released for disorderly conduct late Monday after a loud fight in their hotel room in the upscale Southport area of Fairfield, Conn., said Lt. James Perez of the Fairfield Police Department.

Paul Seeman was sentenced in October to five years probation after he was accused of stealing money from an elderly widowed neighbor who trusted him to handle her life savings. Originally charged with 32 felonies, Seeman struck a deal with prosecutors and pleaded no contest to one count each of financial elder abuse and perjury.

The Alameda County Probation Department said Friday that Paul Seeman's latest arrest could result in his probation being revoked and jail time for the former jurist.

He was appointed to the Alameda County bench in 2009 and resigned early last year.

The Seemans told police that they were in Fairfield, Conn., to visit their children and grandchildren when they got into an argument on the way home for dinner. The fight escalated in their room at the Delamar Hotel when Paul Seeman tried to get away from his wife by shutting her out of the bathroom and her hand got caught in the doorjam, Perez said. A physical tussle ensued in which he pushed her and she slapped him before he left the room, according to the couple's account to police.


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Acting on complaints from other guests, the hotel's night manager went to the room and called police upon seeing Kristin Seeman looking disheveled with red marks on her arms. Police arrived to find Paul Seeman in the hotel lobby. Kristin Seeman told police that it was the first time that she and her husband were physically combative, Perez said.

The maximum punishment for a disorderly conduct conviction in Connecticut is up to a year in jail, a fine, or both, Perez said.

An attorney for Paul Seeman could not be reached for comment Friday.

Contact Malaika Fraley at 925-234-1684. Follow her at Twitter.com/malaikafraley.