August 15, 2013GROSSE POINTE SHORES — Terms of Councilman Dan Schulte’s $1,000 personal bond were modified this week to allow him limited access to his marital home on Hampton.
Schulte, being prosecuted for domestic violence against his wife, is allowed to enter and exit the dwelling strictly through a separate door leading to an office from which he operates his public relations business.
He’s allowed in the office between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. Monday through Friday — hours and days his wife is normally out of the house at work.
Schulte is denied face-to-face contact with his wife except during marriage counseling.
Other communication between the two is limited to text messaging.
“That would be perfect,” his wife said during a bond modification hearing Tuesday, Aug. 13, before Judge Russell Ethridge in City of Grosse Pointe Municipal Court.
Ethridge is presiding over the case because Shores Judge Matthew Rumora recused himself.
Schulte will be back in court if Ethridge learns he tried to communicate with his wife through their two children.
“I’ll revoke your bond and put you in jail,” Ethridge said.
Police arrested Schulte, 59, at his house at about 10:30 p.m. Wednesday, Aug. 7, in response to a 911 call from his wife, 48.
Mrs. Schulte told Ethridge that she doesn’t feel in danger from her husband.
“No, I’m not afraid,” she said.
Schulte denied physically assaulting her.
“I love my wife dearly,” he told Ethridge. “We had a bad night. We’ve had a rough summer. We’ve had a family member who’s been ill. It’s taken its toll on us.”
He’s scheduled for a preliminary hearing in City court at 9:30 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 12.