A 1983 police report shows a young Darryl Glenn was accused of punching his father

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US Senate candidate Darryl Glenn at a meeting calling for unity among the Republican Party at the Jefferson County Republican Party headquarters on July 9, 2016. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

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U.S. Senate candidate Darryl Glenn campaigns in Lakewood earlier this summer. (Kevin J. Beaty/Denverite)

Back in 1983, an 18-year-old named Darryl Glenn was arrested after his father called the police and said the young man hit him in the face.

According to a Colorado Springs police report obtained by the Denver Post, it sure seems to be the same Darryl Glenn who is the Republican candidate for U.S. Senate.

The Colorado Springs Independent was the first to raise questions about an old assault case during the primary. Glenn insisted he didn’t have a criminal record. It must have been a mistake, might have been his older brother, Cedric Glenn, who died in 1992. Or it might have been this other Darryl Glenn with whom he sometimes gets confused.

The records found by the Post include the birthdate, Social Security number and physical description of the Glenn in question. The Post even got a handwriting analyst to look at the signatures on the citation and more recent documents.

Here’s what Glenn’s campaign had to say, about the records and about the question of whether he had been inconsistent with his responses.

“Darryl has never been arrested, never even been questioned by the police, and doesn’t know what actually happened,” his spokeswoman, Katey Price, wrote in an email to the Post. “There’s nothing inconsistent because in both instances, he was speculating on what might have happened.”

The Post story has more details about the case. Charges appear to have been dropped. Glenn’s father has since died.

Political consultant Eric Sondermann told the Post this is a case where the cover-up is worse than the crime, and I have to agree. All kinds of things happen between parents and teenagers (yes, he was a legal adult at the time, but barely). It was a long time ago. But it warrants some sort of response beyond reminding voters Glenn was accepted into the U.S. Air Force Academy and would not have been if he had a criminal record.

Glenn is looking to unseat incumbent Democratic Sen. Michael Bennet.