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State Representative charged with assault, strangulation

Posted at 9:24 AM, Apr 21, 2020
and last updated 2020-04-21 20:55:48-04

LAUREL COUNTY, Ky. (LEX 18) — Kentucky State Representative Robert Goforth, who ran and lost the republican bid for governor last year, has been arrested in Laurel County for strangulation and assault.

Officials say Goforth, 44 of East Bernstadt, was arrested early Tuesday morning (April 21) at 3:10 a.m.

Deputies say they were called to the area of Blevins and Brown road after a woman went to the 911 Dispatch Center in London.

Officials say she wanted to speak to a deputy about an alleged domestic assault that happened while three children were in the home. According to a press release, the woman, his wife, named in the citation, had visible marks on her forehead, neck and arms.

Deputies say that there had been an altercation and during that time, the female victim was strangled. Deputies went to the home to check on the children, and say they were found safe.

The victim was also found to have bruises on her leg, that she says she got during the altercation. The woman tells deputies that Goforth said he was going to kill her.

Goforth was arrested at the home and charged with strangulation, assault, domestic violence and terroristic threatening. In 2018, he supported a bill that made strangulation a felony in Kentucky.

He bonded out of the Laurel County Detention Center by paying a 25-thousand dollar cash bond. He is scheduled to be arraigned June first in Laurel County District Court. Goforth previously took on former Governor Matt Bevin in the primary race for Governor last May.