BUTLER — The former Fredericktown chief of police is charged with assaulting a family member Sunday.

Roger Brown, 48, Butler, is charged with domestic violence and assault in Mount Vernon Municipal Court. The charges are first-degree misdemeanors and carry up to 180 days in jail and a $1,000 fine.

Brown was arrested by Knox County Sheriff’s deputies Sunday morning. According to the arresting officer’s affidavit accompanying the charges, the alleged victim reported that Brown struck her in the back of the neck “with an open hand telling her that this way it will not cause marks.”

Deputies were dispatched to Brown’s residence at 12:27 a.m., according to sheriff’s reports. In a 9-1-1 call, the woman reports she is still in the house with Brown. After locking herself in a bathroom at the 9-1-1 dispatcher’s suggestion, the woman states that Brown has been drinking.

She says he has threatened her before but this is the first time he was physically abusive.

Deputies took evidence including photographs and a statement.

Brown was released Sunday from the Knox County Jail on bond. The case is scheduled for arraignment Fridayin municipal court.

Brown retired as Fredericktown Police Chief in October. Lt. Kyle Johnson was appointed as the new chief.

Brown was also recently a Pike Township Trustee. However, he resigned from the position to conform with a disability settlement, according to Pike Township records.

Brown was temporarily replaced as trustee by Pike Township Zoning Inspector Rochelle Shackle.

Shackle will fill the term through the end of the year, when Bill E. Belton will begin his term as trustee.

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