Anne Arundel County Sheriff Ron Bateman was arrested Sunday evening and subsequently charged with second-degree assault after having allegedly assaulted his wife at their Pasadena home.
On Monday morning, Wes Adams, who is the county’s State’s Attorney, issued a statement saying that after having reviewed the charges and considering his office’s close relationship with the sheriff’s office that the matter would be referred to a special prosecutor outside the county to avoid any potential conflicts of interest and to ensure fairness to both parties.
That afternoon Bateman issued a statement denying allegations of domestic violence and said he and his wife merely had an intense argument.
“We had an emotional dispute that led the police to come to our home… Simply no criminal actions took place, just a very emotional argument between a husband and wife,” Bateman said in a statement. “I will not be treated any differently than I would treat one of my deputies. Col. Tabor will be handling the day-to-day operations of the Sheriff’s Officer until this case is adjudicated…I would ask the citizens of this great county to permit me to carry out the duties of my office that I was elected by the people to do. I will stay focused and continue to work diligently as your sheriff.”
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