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State Senator Troy Brown arrested again on domestic abuse charge

3 months 1 week 2 days ago July 18, 2016 Jul 18, 2016 Monday, July 18 2016 July 18, 2016 9:37 AM in News
Source: WBRZ

GONZALES – State Senator Troy Brown, who was previously arrested in 2015 for domestic abuse, was arrested again early Monday morning on similar charges.

According to arrest records, Brown was arrested on Monday around 12 a.m. and charged for domestic abuse battery by the Ascension Parish Sheriff’s Office.

Brown was arrested after deputies were dispatched to his Geismar residence after receiving reports from his wife that he became irate and bit her on the arm, according to the Ascension Parish Sheriff's Office.

Brown’s bond was set at $5,000 by Judge Leblanc and was released on Monday.

Further details of his arrest have not been released at the time of this post, however his previous arrest stemmed from an altercation that took place in New Orleans at an after-party for the Bayou Classic game in 2015.

At the time, Brown said he got into a fight with two or three people at the Hyatt Regency Hotel. New Orleans Police said Brown was with 40-year-old Katasha Willis and a friend of hers when Brown and the friend got into an argument outside a hotel elevator. Police said Willis intervened and Brown punched her in the eye.

According to NOPD's arrest affidavit, Willis was a "side friend" of Brown's who had been romantically involved with the married senator for the past ten years. Police said Willis told them she and Brown had argued in the past but this was the first time he'd hit her.

Brown said he doesn't remember everything about what happened because he suffers from bouts of short-term memory loss due to brain damage he suffered in a 1991 car crash. He said he plans to consult with a doctor to see if he has a more serious condition, due to this and "other recent memory episodes." Brown also said he was drinking that night.

In 2014 the Investigative Unit reported Brown pulled a woman over for cutting him off in traffic, then showed her his Senate badge and threatened her with arrest. Brown later apologized for his behavior, and an East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office spokesperson said Brown didn't break any laws.

Brown is a Democrat who represents the River Parishes in District 12, including parts of Ascension, Assumption, Iberville, Lafourche, St Charles, St John the Baptist, St. James and West Baton Rouge parishes.

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