PASADENA, Md. (AP) — Authorities say Anne Arundel County's sheriff has been charged with assaulting his wife at their Pasadena home.
Charging documents state that a county police officer was called to Sheriff Ronald Bateman's home on Sunday, where his wife said they argued and Bateman told her to leave.
When Bateman's wife grabbed his money clip, documents state she said Bateman held her down on a bed and later pushed her to the floor. The documents state that Bateman said he didn't hit her, but held her down to get his clip back.
Police say 54-year-old Bateman is charged with second-degree assault. Attorney Peter S. O'Neill says Bateman denies assaulting his wife.
Police say Bateman's weapons and credentials were taken, as is protocol. County prosecutors referred the case to a special prosecutor.