The Deschutes County Courthouse was closed briefly Thursday morning when a man caused a scene in a courtroom and refused to leave.

Shortly after 9 a.m., the courthouse at 1100 NW Bond St. was shut down while more than a dozen officers with Bend Police and the Deschutes County Sheriff’s Office responded.

Scott Wesley Denham, 35, was in court for a hearing in a 2017 assault case and allegedly became disruptive before Judge Wells Ashby.

“He was asked to leave multiple times by the judge and deputies after his appearance,” said Sgt. William Bailey, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.

Denham was briefly placed in custody and ultimately cited with second-degree trespassing and allowed to leave out a back door.

Speaking by phone following the hearing, Denham told The Bulletin he was not a “constitutionalist,” as several courthouse observers had claimed.

“I am a Christian man who speaks the truth,” he said. “And I was trying to give the court the truth, and they weren’t hearing it.”

Denham accused Ashby of “felony treason” and said the case is focused on his decision to spank his daughter.

According to his indictment, Denham is accused of first-degree criminal mistreatment and third-degree assault for causing physical injury to a child younger than 10. Both are felonies.

— Reporter: 541-383-0325,