Senator Scott Bundgaard announced his retirement shortly before he was supposed to testify before the Senate Ethics Committee relating to a February domestic incident with his former girlfriend, reports ABC15 News. Three nominees have already been selected to take his place.
Bundgaard represented Legislative District 4, and was majority leader of the state senate before losing his post when reports of the domestic violence incident arose.
Bundgaard was accused of assaulting and endangering his then-girlfriend Aubry Ballard during a February altercation on a Phoenix freeway. Witnesses allege that Bundgaard hit Ballard, dragged her out of his car, and shook her. He eventually pleaded no contest to the charges. After pleading no contest to the misdemeanor endangerment charge, he is required to attend a domestic violence diversion program for one year, which will result in the dismissal of the entire case. If he fails to comply, he faces five days in jail, fees and 36-months’ probation.
It seems the other consequence of his indiscretion has been the loss of his job. If his ethics case had been left up to the committee, it could have resulted in a recommendation that the full Senate issue a letter of reprimand, formal censure or expulsion for the former senator, according to ABC15.
Domestic violence is a serious crime that can result in severe punishment, ranging from required attendance at educational classes to jail time. If you have been the victim of domestic violence or know someone who may have been a victim, you are encouraged to report the crime to Valley police officials or contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline at (800) 799-SAFE. Phoenix family law attorneys can also inform you of your legal options.
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- 3 Candidates Vying to Replace Sen. Scott Bundgaard (The Arizona Republic)
- Domestic Violence (FindLaw)