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FBI agent waives preliminary hearing in Utah assault case

Courts • Adam Grant Quirk is accused of throwing girlfriend to the floor and choking her.

The case of an FBI agent accused of assaulting the woman he lived with was bound over for trial Tuesday in Utah’s 3rd District Court.
Judge Laura Scott issued the order after Special Agent Adam Grant Quirk waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
Quirk was excused from attending the Tuesday hearing at the request of his defense attorney, who said in a January motion that Quirk had made arrangements to move to Wisconsin.
Quirk, 36, is charged with aggravated assault, a third-degree felony, and criminal mischief and damaging or interrupting a communication device, which are class B misdemeanors. He was arrested and booked in Salt Lake County jail the night of the incident and was later released on $25,000 bail.
Charging documents claim the alleged victim locked herself in the bathroom on Dec. 13 after Quirk began drinking at his Avenues area home and became belligerent. She also took and hid Quirk's phone "to keep him from doing hurtful things on it while being intoxicated," the charges say.

Quirk demanded that she unlock the door, and when she didn't, he allegedly started throwing her things out the back door, according to the charges. When the woman opened the door, Quirk allegedly threw her to the floor by her hair and neck and then choked her.
If convicted of the aggravated assault charge, Quirk could be sent to prison for up to five years. The misdemeanor charges carry potential six month jail terms.
FBI officials could not be immediately reached Tuesday for an update on Quirk's status with the bureau.
Quirk's next court hearing is a pre-trial conference set for March 6.
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