Kirsters Baish| It has been reported that State Senator Jeff Woodburn was arrested on domestic violence and simple assault charges. It was stated by the Attorney General that the Whitefield Democratic State Senator hit and bit his partner numerous time between 2017 and June of 2018.
Woodburn is also facing charges of criminal trespassing and criminal mischief. It was alleged that he kicked down the door of his partner’s home and entered the residence without having her permission. The Democratic State Senator is set to be arraigned in Lancaster District Court on August 20th.
A spokesperson released a statement yesterday after Woodburn received numerous calls from his own party to resign and plentiful backlash. The spokesperson stated that Woodburn is planning to “fully address and defend against these charges in court.”
Woodburn is currently serving his third State Senate term. He is currently Democratic leader.
State Democratic Chairman Ray Buckley sent an email to the press on Thursday calling on Woodburn to resign from his position. Woodburn’s colleagues released a joint statement issued by the Senate Democratic Caucus, calling for his resignation. They claimed that they have “zero tolerance for any forms of sexual harassment, sexual assault, or domestic violence.”
The statement went on, “The allegations against Senator Woodburn are serious and cannot be tolerated anywhere across our country – especially not in the New Hampshire State Senate. Senator Woodburn is entitled to full due process, but we jointly call on him to resign effective immediately.”
Both Governor Chris Sununu and Senate President Chuck Morse urged Woodburn to resign following news of the charges.
The state’s public integrity unit ensued the charges. This unit deals with “crimes committed by state, county, and local government officials.”
The leader of the unit, Senior Assistant Attorney General Geoff Ward, explained that they are dealing with the allegations against the State Senator the same way they would deal with them if they were against any other person.
“Obviously he is a sitting state senator but that doesn’t impact the way in which we evaluate the evidence and make charging decisions,” Ward stated on Thursday evening.
The Senator Assistant Attorney General stated that Woodburn surrendered himself to police at the Concord Police Station at roughly 3:30 p.m. this past Thursday afternoon. Authorities processed him, and he was later released on $500 cash bail and a $10,000 personal recognizance. He was directly ordered not to have any contact with his victim or her family. He is scheduled for arraignment in Lancaster Circuit Court on August 20th.
The New Hampshire Democratic Party first released the news of Woodburn’s arrest. They hosted a press released in which they pushed Woodburn to resign from his position shortly before the state officially announced charges against him.
Read the Attorney General’s statement.