Former Marion County deputy prosecutor goes to court after being charged with assaulting his ex-wife

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INDIANAPOLIS, Ind. -- Now former Marion County Deputy Prosecutor Jeremy Johnson went before a judge after being charged with assaulting his ex-wife.

Charges against Johnson include of criminal confinement with moderate bodily injury, strangulation, domestic battery and domestic battery committed in the presence of a child less than 16 years old.

After a lengthy delay that involved moving the case to four different judges, Jeremy Johnson had his initial hearing.

Johnson resigned as a deputy prosecutor in Marion County on Wednesday. Johnson pleaded not guilty to charges he assaulted his ex-wife.

According to the affidavit, on Tuesday night Johnson planned to pick up his son for a trip to New York and pushed his way into his ex-wife’s home.

According to police, officers found a woman crying on the sidewalk with a raspy voice, trouble swallowing, red marks on her neck and bloody lips. The woman told police she had been choked several times and blacked out while being strangled by her ex-husband.

Because October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, experts hope the case serves as a reminder that the crime can impact anyone regardless of their profession.

"There is no discrimination of domestic violence regardless of income, ethnicity, religion, financial status or profession," said Catherine O'Connor with the Julian Center.

O'Connor says the numbers show domestic violence impacts 1 in every 5 people in Marion County at some point in their lives.

"I think the important thing is for people to remember that this can happen in their own family, in their own network with their friends and coworkers," said O'Connor.

In this case, the affidavit claims Johnson's teenage son and daughter witnessed the assault. While talking to police, Johnson allegedly admitted to grabbing his ex-wife three separate times around the neck.

One of the judges who briefly oversaw the case admonished the 42-year-old suspect that kids witnessing domestic violence can have a significant impact on their lives.

"Kids who grow up in violent families learn that this is way to deal with conflict to deal with stress," said O'Connor.

Because of Johnson's former job, a prosecutor from Lawrence County has been assigned to the case and a judge outside of Marion County will also be appointed.

Johnson left court after posting a $25,000 bond.

O'Connor says anyone who needs information on resources or help escaping a violent relationship can always contact 211.

The Marion County Prosecutor's Office released the following statement regarding Johnson's arrest:

"Mr. Johnson is a former Deputy Prosecutor with the Marion County Prosecutor’s Office. A Special Prosecutor was requested by Prosecutor Mears and appointed by the Court to review the investigation. The Special Prosecutor, Mr. C. Michael Steiner, made the charging determination today and will represent the State on this matter."

A Marion County judge set the conference hearing for October 23rd.

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