Many domestic assaults occur in Texas but they are more likely to make headlines when they relate to law enforcement officials.
Recently, the Star-Telegram reported on how a Parker County constable was charged with continuous violence against a family member, according to information in an arrest warrant affidavit.
The report said 43-year-old Charlie Hunt of Springtown was accused of assaulting his girlfriend so many times she could not recall all of them.
Hunt worked in law enforcement for more than a quarter of a century. He became the Precinct 1 constable in 2014. The constable was booked into Wise County Jail and released the same day after posting bail of $15,000. He maintained his innocence after being charged with the third-degree felony.
The Star-Telegram reported Texas Ranger C.H. McDonald started investigating the case on Feb. 1. Investigators say the woman told McDonald about the alleged physical abuse and described at least one incident. The Star-Telegram detailed another alleged incident after an argument in a bar. The woman is said to have become distraught and tried to leave the bar alone.
The couple argued on the way back in a car. When they got to the home, the woman told Hunt she was going to leave, according to the affidavit. Hunt is accused of hitting her several times in the head and at least one time on the nose, causing bleeding. The affidavit said Hunt grabbed the woman, dragged her, across the floor and onto a concrete sidewalk.
The woman is said to have dialed 911 and left the phone line open so the dispatcher could hear what was occurring.
Hunt submitted a written statement contradicting the woman’s. He said she started the altercation by hitting him in the head. He said he tossed a boot to her, but it accidentally hit her in the nose, he claimed. The affidavit said the woman had bruises on her arms, nose and legs and cuts on her back.
Domestic assault offenses carry high penalties in Texas. Recently, serious incidents of domestic violence increased, according to a report in the Star-Telegram.
It noted the number of Texas women who died in domestic violence slayings jumped by 11 percent to 132 in 2014. In Tarrant County there were 10 such deaths, stated the Texas Council On Family Violence.
The victims were aged 16 to 90 but most of them were in their 20s, 30s and 40s, according to CEO Gloria Terry.
Domestic assault is one of many types of assault charge. It’s taken very seriously by law enforcement. You can find out more about assault here.
If you have been charged with any kind of assault, please contact our Tarrant County criminal defense lawyer as soon as possible. Call today for a free consultation about your case.