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Lawrence official charged with domestic violence

Jan. 15, 2013 @ 11:47 PM

IRONTON -- Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs was arrested Monday on a misdemeanor charge of domestic violence, according to a report from the Lawrence County sheriff's office.

Boggs, 51, was arrested Monday evening by sheriff's deputies and taken to the Lawrence County Jail. He was charged with domestic violence, a misdemeanor, and posted a $1,000 bond through Sowards Bail Bonds and was released, Sheriff Jeff Lawless said.

Deputies responded to a 911 call in the 200 block of County Road 181, Ironton at 4:20 p.m. Monday. Deputies were told by Boggs' wife that she had been assaulted, according to incident reports filed in the case. She signed a criminal affidavit, according to a press release.

There were no signs of any physical struggle and she received no injuries during the alleged incident, Deputy John Chapman said in the narrative supplement to the arrest report.

Scott Evans, an Ironton lawyer, said he is representing Boggs in the case.

"We have no comment currently," Evans said Tuesday.

Lawrence County Prosecuting Attorney Brigham Anderson asked for a special prosecutor to be assigned to the case Tuesday morning.

"As prosecuting attorney, I represent the board of commissioners," he said. "Our office won't be involved in the case. It would be a conflict of interest."

Lawless said his office had forwarded to the prosecutor's office another felony charge in the case. It is up to the special prosecutor to decide whether to pursue the felony charge and the domestic violence charge.

The domestic violence charge carries a maximum six-month jail sentence, upon conviction.

Lawrence County Common Pleas Judge Charles "Chuck" Cooper on Tuesday appointed William Kennedy, an Ironton lawyer and a former prosecutor, as special prosecutor in the case. Kennedy couldn't be reached for comment Tuesday afternoon. Anderson said he would forward the file from the sheriff's office to the special prosecutor.

Les Boggs filed for divorce Oct. 29. The case is pending in common pleas court.

Boggs is just beginning his second four-year term on the Board of Commissioners. He served as its president the last two years and on Monday was chosen to serve as vice president this year.