A Christian County High School teacher who arrested following an alleged domestic dispute appeared in court Monday afternoon for what was scheduled to be a court trial.
Adam T. Parsons, 23, Hopkinsville, appeared in district court with his defense attorney Sands Chewning.
Parsons was arrested Sept. 30 on the strength of a warrant for domestic violence and unlawful imprisonment, according to New Era archives and a Hopkinsville Police Department report.
The report states that on Sept. 24, Adam T. Parsons, 23, Hopkinsville, assaulted his girlfriend and held her against her will in their home.
During a verbal argument, the girlfriend reportedly retreated to the bathroom of their home. Parsons then allegedly blocked the doorway, preventing her from leaving the bathroom for roughly 30 minutes, the report stated.
Shortly after she came out of the bathroom, Parsons continued yelling at her before head-butting her in the face, causing minor injury to the girlfriend's lip, according to the report. Parsons also spat in her face, the report added.
Parsons was arrested at 12:40 p.m. Monday, Sept. 30, while at the high school, according to the report. He was charged with fourth-degree assault (domestic violence) and second-degree unlawful imprisonment. Both charges are misdemeanors.
Parsons was scheduled for a court trial Monday afternoon. However, the commonwealth and defense were able to reach an agreement prior.
The commonwealth offered Parsons a deal to divert his charges for a period of 12 months. As long as Parsons follows the rules set by his diversion, after the 12 month period is concluded all charges against Parsons will be dismissed and removed from his record.
The conditions of Parson's diversion are that he does not have any further criminal violations, complete anger management counseling at the Community Counseling Center, have no contact with his girlfriend at the time of the incident and follow any other guidelines set should there be an emergency protection or domestic violence order issued against him.
"That's a lot to do, but at the end of the day, if you do all of that this matter will be dismissed," District Judge Foster Cotthoff said to Parsons.
Cotthoff added that both Assistant Christian County Attorney Jill Atkins and the alleged victim in the case, agreed to the diversion agreement.
Christian County Public Schools has not made a comment on the court decision, CCPS spokesman John Rittenhouse said.
Parsons diversion review date is set for Oct. 19, 2020.
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