City councilman arrested on domestic violence charge

Published: Jul. 2, 2016 at 2:42 PM EDT|Updated: Jul. 2, 2016 at 9:29 PM EDT
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COLUMBIA, SC (WIS) - A Columbia City Councilman has been arrested and faces charges of domestic violence, according to a statement from the Richland County Sheriff's Department.

Deputies say Columbia City Councilman Moe Baddourah, 53, is charged with 2nd degree criminal domestic violence.

On Wednesday, deputies responded to a domestic disturbance just after 6 p.m. at a restaurant in the 2000 block of Rosewood Drive.

Deputies say that is where Baddourah and his wife conduct child custody exchanges.

They say a verbal argument turned physical when the councilman slammed his wife's leg in the car door.

Baddourah turned himself in to Richland County investigators on Saturday. He is being held at the Alvin S. Glenn Detention Center.

In a statement, the councilman says the accusation made is false.

"Unfortunately my wife and I are going through an unpleasant divorce, and accusations like this sometimes occur. By my wife's own account to the police, the argument was over her snatching my cell phone, and my effort to prevent her from locking her door with my phone. At no time did I physically assault her. Due to the circumstances and the ages of our two boys, for their sake, I ask for the media's discretion in its reporting of all this."

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