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Firefighter, Ex-Cop Held After Allegedly Choking Girlfriend

Posted at 9:31 AM, Dec 19, 2018

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.