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Ky. state rep. arrested on domestic violence charges

Robert Goforth. (Laurel Co. Correctional Center)
Robert Goforth. (Laurel Co. Correctional Center)(WKYT)
Published: Apr. 21, 2020 at 9:24 AM EDT
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An eastern Kentucky state representative has been arrested.

According to an arrest citation, State Rep. Robert Goforth was arrested early Tuesday morning on charges relating to domestic violence.

Deputies with the Laurel County Sheriff's Office charged Goforth with first-degree strangulation, fourth-degree domestic assault and third-degree terroristic threatening.

Police said a woman was inside the 911 Dispatch Center in London and wanted to speak to a deputy about a domestic assault.

The woman said the assault happened with three small children in the home.

Deputies said the woman had visible marks on her forehead, neck and arms. The victim told deputies Goforth made several attempts to “hogtie her” and that she believes he hit her on the forehead. She told police he also strangled her with an ethernet cord from a kitchen drawer and threatened to kill her.

Goforth has since bonded out of the Laurel County Detention Center on a $25,000 bond, according to the jail website. When WKYT reached out to him for comment, Goforth texted back saying, he "can't talk right now."

Goforth was elected to the Kentucky House of Representatives in 2018.

The Republican state representative challenged Former Governor Matt Bevin in the primary election. During his run in the primary election, a woman accused Goforth of sexual assault. He denied the allegations.

Some are now calling for his resignation. The former state Republican Party spokesperson, Tres Watson, said there is no room for this in the legislature.

Goforth is running to keep his office as representative. He runs unchallenged in the primary which is now scheduled to take place in June.