Originally created 08/30/99

Former Jet Mark Gastineau charged with burning girlfriend



NEW YORK -- Former New York Jets defensive end Mark Gastineau, who has a long history of skirmishes with the law, was arrested Sunday on charges of burning his girlfriend with a cigarette lighter.

Gastineau, 42, was arrested at 4:15 a.m. at the woman's home in Queens, said Officer Valerie St. Rose, a police spokeswoman. He was charged with second-degree assault.

The 29-year-old woman, whose name was not released, told police Gastineau burned her with a cigarette lighter on Aug. 22, St. Rose said.

Mary DeBourbon, a spokeswoman for Queens District Attorney Richard Brown, said Gastineau and the woman attended Saturday's preseason game between the Jets and the Giants and "there was some kind of dispute" after the game.

The woman went to her parents' house and they called police, DeBourbon said. When the police arrived, they found visible burns and bruises on the woman from the assault a week earlier, she said. They arrested Gastineau at the woman's home in Jamaica Estates. He was being arraigned late Sunday.

In June, Gastineau was sentenced to 15 days in jail for violating a protection order obtained by his estranged wife Patricia Schorr.

His arrest in that incident violated the terms of a conditional discharge in a separate harassment case involving a woman he dated before marrying Schorr last September.

Gastineau pleaded guilty last year to hitting an unidentified woman on a street in Bayside. He was released on the conditions that he attend an anger management class and stay out of trouble.

Gastineau, who played for the Jets for 10 years, had previously been found guilty of assault in 1984 and was sentenced to three years probation in 1993 on drug charges.