Former state Rep. Bob Young on trial for domestic violence

Bob Young pleads not guilty on domestic violence
Posted at 11:44 AM, Oct 24, 2023

COLUMBUS, Ohio — Former state Rep. Bob Young was in court Tuesday facing the domestic violence charges that led to his resignation from the statehouse.

Young, a former Republican representing the Green area in the Ohio House, has been arrested three times in recent months. His charges include domestic violence, assault, violating a protection order and menacing by stalking. The first two stemmed from an incident in July, the third at the end of August and the fourth in September.

Our media partners at the Akron Beacon Journal reported that Young's wife testified that he hit her in the side of the face at their home this summer. When Young was asked if he intentionally slapped her, he said, "Absolutely not."

The trial was in Barberton Municipal Court.

A ruling is expected at noon on Thursday.

Over the summer
Young was arrested by the Summit County Sheriff's Office (SCSO) in early July for allegedly assaulting both his wife Tina and brother Michael. According to a witness statement, he also assaulted his wife's friend.

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He was charged with two first-degree misdemeanors — one for domestic violence against his wife and the other for assault against his brother.

One of his wife's friends allegedly caught Young having an affair with a colleague and confronted both him and the supposed mistress, the friend's witness statement said. This friend was also concerned because Young abused Tina "a lot," she wrote.

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Back in 2020, police reports show deputies were called on Young for a physical domestic disturbance. No charges were filed then.

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Both Tina and Michael have restraining orders against Young — which means no contact. Young, however, left three voicemails for his wife in August, according to the sheriff's office. He also blocked her mail.

The Republican was charged with a first-degree misdemeanor of "recklessly" violating the protection order, according to the Barberton Municipal Court.

In September, Young was again arrested for menacing by stalking, according to court records.

Following Young's second arrest, he resigned after more than 30 Republican colleagues asked him to step down.

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