LEXINGTON, Ky. (LEX 18) — A Scott County firefighter, who also is a former Lexington police officer, pleaded not guilty to allegations that he choked his girlfriend.
According to an arrest citation, 50-year-old Stephen Michael Freeman “strangled his girlfriend by using his hand lifting her off the ground, causing risk of serious physical injury/death.
The extent of any injuries to the woman or her condition were not disclosed.
Scott County Fire Chief Mike Fuller confirmed that Freeman is a current firefighter for the department.
Lexington Police Department spokeswoman Brenna Angel said Freeman is a former city officer. She said he left the department in 2005 but did not immediately provided further details about the departure.
Freeman was charged with first-degree wanton endangerment.
He was being held in Fayette County Detention Center. A not guilty plea was entered on his behalf. He will be released to a third party and will wear an ankle monitor. He is to have no contact with the alleged victim.