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Poquoson police officer accused of assaulting woman

FILE - In this June 10, 2013, file photo California State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, holds a brief news conference to discuss the FBI raid on his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. The former California Assemblyman Thomas Calderon pleaded guilty Monday, June 6, 2016, to money laundering as part of a plea agreement in which he acknowledged concealing bribes that his brother, then-state Sen. Ron Calderon, accepted in exchange for supporting certain legislation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

FILE – File photo California State Sen. Ron Calderon, D-Montebello, holds a brief news conference to discuss the FBI raid on his Capitol office in Sacramento, Calif. The former California Assemblyman Thomas Calderon pleaded guilty to money laundering as part of a plea agreement in which he acknowledged concealing bribes that his brother, then-state Sen. Ron Calderon, accepted in exchange for supporting certain legislation. (AP Photo/Rich Pedroncelli, File)

NEWPORT NEWS, Va. (AP) — A Poquoson police officer is accused of assaulting a woman he once had a relationship with.

Media outlets report 41-year-old Earl McNair Jr. was arrested early Saturday and charged with assault, strangulation, abduction and preventing the victim from using her cellphone.

Newport News police spokesman Lou Thurston says officers responded to a domestic assault report just after midnight. Officials say an unidentified woman told officers that McNair had come to her Newport News home to discuss reconciling their relationship.

The woman told police McNair jumped on top of her and choked her. The woman said McNair also took her cellphone after she grabbed it.

Poquoson police spokesman Clifford Bowen says McNair has been placed on administrative leave pending the ongoing investigation.

It isn’t immediately clear whether he has an attorney.

 

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