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Robert Goforth, Kentucky GOP lawmaker, indicted on assault and accused of strangling woman with Ethernet cable – The Washington Post

Robert Goforth, Kentucky GOP lawmaker, indicted on assault and accused of strangling woman with Ethernet cable - The Washington Post 1As a freshman Kentucky legislator, state Rep. Robert S. Goforth (R) joined his colleagues to pass a bill that would make it easier to prosecute strangulation.

Last week, that same bill — now a state law after it passed at the urging of domestic violence advocates — became a factor in his own case: A grand jury in Laurel County, Ky., on Friday indicted Goforth, a former candidate for governor, on one count of first-degree strangulation and one count of assault in the fourth degree, according to the Corbin Times-Tribune.

Earlier this year, a woman said Goforth, 44, strangled her with an Ethernet cable to the point where she had trouble breathing and threatened to “hog tie” her, according to a police report reviewed by the newspaper.

The charges have renewed calls from local Democrats for Goforth, a staunch supporter of President Trump who had previously been accused of sexual assault, to resign from his seat. Neither he nor his attorney, Conrad Cessna, immediately responded to requests for comment from The Washington Post.

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