SAN DIEGO (CBS 8) - The suspended San Diego police officer arrested twice on charges of domestic violence is filing for divorce from the woman he's accused of attacking.
Gilbert Anthony Lorenzo claims he's the victim and wants to protect his children. Officer Lorenzo also claims his wife Tanya abuses drugs and alcohol and that his two young daughters are in imminent and near-certain risk of danger. He goes even as far to say that at one point his wife smacked their oldest daughter in the back really hard for no reason.
Meanwhile, his wife Tanya Lorenzo claims they are all lies, lies to deflect from the real truth.
“I don't think things are ever going to be normal,” said Tanya.
Tanya Lorenzo says she was unaware that San Diego police officer Gilbert Anthony Lorenzo was filing for a divorce.
CBS News 8 has obtained a copy of court documents which reveals that the suspended San Diego police officer is requesting sole custody (page 1 line 20) of both their daughters Audreyana and Isabella.
Lorenzo claims that he's doing this in order to protect them from their own mother, who he says is bipolar and takes prescription medications (page 1 line 24, 25) and she has also been abusing (page 1 line 26) alcohol, cocaine and methamphetamine.
But Tanya tells CBS News 8 that she doesn't take drugs and only recently took Advil and Codeine for a root canal.
“He's blaming me for losing his job. I think he needs to see somebody. He needs to get help and no one’s told him to get help,” said Tanya.
The San Diego police officer, who was arrested Monday for the second time in two weeks for domestic violence against his wife of four years, claims he is the victim.
Lorenzo argues: "last week, Tanya, in a psychotic break, called the police and accused me of hitting her in the face. I have never hit my wife, nor would I ever do so. I am the victim of domestic violence, not the other way around.”
And he adds, as a police officer he is trained and experienced in dealing with mental health issues and domestic violence issues.
But this cell phone video, believed to be between officer Lorenzo and his wife, reveals a different story:
Cell phone video: (inaudible)
doesn't want to hang out with you." hu?
so you hit me?
you act like your sister and (bleep) don't want you going over there because they can't stand you.
you (bleep) hit me in the face
(bleep next sentence)
so you hit me?
yeah, I did. call the...
CBS News 8 has also learned this audio was recorded before the seven year veteran and former Marine was arrested on April 22nd for pushing his wife. Now he's accused of choking Tanya and leaving this bite mark on her back.
“Never once have I thought that someone I love or the father of my children would strangle me to the point I could hear the ones crack in my neck,” described Tanya.
Officer Lorenzo has been suspended without pay, but has not been charged in either of the domestic violence cases.
A spokesperson from the San Diego Police Officers Association tells CBS News 8 they don't have all the facts and are in the process of scheduling a meeting.
CBS News 8 has also learned that officer Lorenzo's wife is currently probation for domestic violence.