Colleton County Sheriff Andy Strickland is at the center of an investigation after allegedly assaulting a woman and punching her in the face.
The South Carolina sheriff has been charged with second-degree domestic violence. Court documents say on November 7 Strickland punched a woman he lived with multiple times. ABC News 4 reports the victim also hurt her arm while trying to defend herself.
An affidavit states that during an argument, Strickland assaulted the victim by “punching her in the face, with a closed fist, more than once, which caused moderate bodily injury.”
Strickland is accused of taking the woman’s cellphone and preventing her from calling 911 or getting help.
Agents with the South Carolina Law Enforcement Division arrested Strickland on November 9.
Strickland was released on a $5,000 personal recognizance bond, and he can have no contact with the victim as part of his bond stipulation.