Authorities said the sheriff in Anne Arundel County was charged with assaulting his wife at their Pasadena, Maryland, home.
Charging documents stated a county police officer was called to Sheriff Ronald Bateman's home on Sunday, where his wife said they argued, and Bateman told her to leave.
When Bateman's wife grabbed his money clip, the documents stated she said Bateman held her down on a bed and later pushed her to the floor. The documents state that Bateman said he didn't hit her but held her down to get his clip back.
Bateman was arrested and charged with second-degree assault. Investigators said he was released on personal recognizance.
In a press release from the Office of the Sheriff in Anne Arundel County, Bateman denied assaulting his wife, calling the incident “an emotional family dispute which led the police to come to our home.”
Bateman said Lt. Col. Paul Tabor, the chief deputy sheriff, would be handling the day to day operations of the sheriff’s office until the case is finished. He said he would remain at work in an administrative capacity only.
“If one of our deputy sheriff’s was charged with second-degree assault as a result of a domestic dispute, that deputy sheriff would be placed in an administrative status, and his police powers would be suspended,” Bateman said. “I will not be treated any differently than I would treat one of my deputies.”
Batman said he was committed to working with his wife with counseling to address the domestic issues.