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Elgin officer arrested for criminal domestic violence

Posted: June 30, 2015 5:02 p.m.
Updated: July 1, 2015 1:00 a.m.
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Doug Barton

Kershaw County Sheriff’s Office (KCSO) deputies arrested an Elgin police officer Monday on a charge of second-degree criminal domestic violence.

According to a KCSO press release, deputies arrested Douglas James Barton, 41, of Mills Creek Road, Bethune, after a 911 hangup call came in to dispatchers around 12:30 p.m. and a woman could be heard screaming in the background. A second 911 call came in just minutes later and deputies responded to an address on Bradley Street in Lugoff.

According to the victim, she and Barton got into an argument which escalated to the point where she attempted to call law enforcement. She claimed Barton took her phone and smashed it with a hammer, preventing her from calling law enforcement. The victim said she tried to leave, but Barton held her against her will, assaulted her and threw her on the ground. Using another phone, the victim again tried to call 911, but Barton took that phone and broke it, as well. The victim said Barton then placed a pillow over her face to keep her from screaming, grabbed her around the throat and struck her in the face.

The victim said she escaped from Barton, ran to a neighbor’s house and called 911. Arriving deputies spoke to the victim and Barton, whom they described as highly intoxicated, according to the press release. Based on their observations and the statements from the victim, deputies arrested Barton and took him to the Kershaw County Detention Center.

Kershaw County Sheriff Jim Matthews said the KCSO alerted Elgin Police Chief Harold Brown of Barton’s arrest, and that Brown has suspended Barton. Barton was scheduled to appear before a Kershaw County magistrate for a bond hearing on Tuesday.

Under the state’s updated domestic violence laws, second-degree criminal domestic violence charges are adjudicated in general sessions court and carry a maximum penalty of up to three years in jail and up to a $5,000 fine.

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