Lawmaker who ran for governor pleads not guilty to charges

Published: Jun. 2, 2020 at 11:47 AM CDT
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A Kentucky lawmaker who ran for governor last year has pleaded not guilty after he was accused of choking a woman with an ethernet cable and trying to “hog tie” her during a domestic dispute.

Attorney Conrad Cessna told the Lexington Herald-Leader on Monday that Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth denied the allegations. He is charged with strangulation, assault and terroristic threatening.

Goforth was arrested on April 21 after a woman told authorities that he assaulted her while three small children were in the home.

Goforth won nearly 40% of the vote among Kentucky Republicans in his primary challenge of then-Gov. Matt Bevin last year.

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