Arrested SCSO spokesman makes first court appearance

Arrested SCSO spokesman makes first court appearance

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - A man used to talking about crime instead stood before a judge on Tuesday to answer for crimes police said he committed.

Shelby County Sheriff's Office Public Information Officer Bentley "Chip" Washington faces charges of domestic violence and simple assault. He had his initial court appearance Tuesday.

The charges stem from an incident between he and his ex-girlfriend at her apartment Tuesday.

According to her, Washington showed up unannounced and started arguing with her. He ended up punching her two times in the arm. The fight then continued inside her apartment where she said he ripped her necklace off and pushed her onto the couch before throwing pillows at her.

Investigators said it all stemmed from Facebook posts where she appeared to have moved on romantically. One of them saying in part: "If you want something to last forever you treat it differently. You shield it and protect it. You never abuse it."

WMC Action News 5 out reached to both Washington and the Shelby County Sheriff's Office. Neither had any comment on the allegations.

Washington has been relieved of duty without pay while the criminal proceeding moves forward.

Washington is due back in court April 7. If convicted he faces up to 29 days behind bars.

Copyright 2016 WMC Action News 5. All rights reserved.