LAUREL COUNTY - A Laurel County grand jury returned an indictment on Friday against the 89th District’s State Rep. Robert S. Goforth on strangulation and assault charges stemming from an incident in late April.
Goforth was indicted on one count of first-degree strangulation and one count of assault in the fourth degree, reported the (London) Times-Tribune. His original charges included the two aforementioned charges and third-degree terroristic threatening.
The state representative’s arrest occurred April 21 around 3:10 a.m. after a woman went to London’s 911 Dispatch Center to speak with a deputy about a domestic assault. The deputies noted the woman had visible marks on her forehead, neck and arms.
The female stated she was able to leave the residence after promising Goforth she would unlock her phone — the subject that initiated the altercation, according to the arrest citation. The citation states the female said Goforth struck her in the forehead and she had a bruise and knot on her forehead.
The female was also found to have bruising on her leg and reported that Goforth had stated he was going to kill her.
She further stated Goforth grabbed an ethernet cable from a kitchen drawer and while she had her face toward the ground, he began strangling her to the point that she had difficulty breathing and believed she was going to pass out.
Goforth also threatened "to hog tie" her, according to the arrest citation.
After promising to unlock her phone, she was able to leave the residence and seek help.
There were three children at the residence during the altercation, according to the report.
The citation further stated that Laurel Sheriff’s deputies had to make two attempts to get Goforth to the door of the home, where they found all three children safe. Goforth, according to the citation, did not appear to be “manifestly under the influence of alcohol or drugs.”
The citation noted the female also completed paperwork for an Emergency Protection Order (EPO).
Goforth was held in the Laurel County Correctional Center for approximately 7 1/2 hours before he was released on $25,000 bond.
Goforth was arraigned June 1 where he pleaded not guilty. His preliminary hearing was held in Laurel District Court on August 4 with the case being sent to the grand jury for possible indictment.
An indictment is a formal charge by a grand jury; it is not a conviction or an admission of guilt.