NEW DETAILS: Washington Co. BOE member arrested; Violated order of protection


JOHNSON CITY, Tenn. (WJHL) – A Washington County, Tennessee School Board member is free on bond following his second arrest in less than one month.

David Hammond was arrested Wednesday night and charged with violating an order of protection.

Hammond faces previous charges following an incident in March in which he’s accused of assaulting his former girlfriend.

Court documents show the argument happened on April 16, but Hammond wasn’t arrested until the 17th.

He was in the Washington County Jail until he bonded out late Thursday afternoon.

Court documents show on April 16, The Johnson City Police Department responded to a domestic disturbance at NorthRidge Condominiums.

The woman called 911 – saying Hammond was holding her hostage.

She told police she’d been in touch with Hammond and came to his house to “spend time with him.”

At some point, an argument started. The victim said Hammond threatened to release risque photos of her, if she left.

Hammond denied the accusation. He told police he allowed the woman into his house after she texted him asking if she could come over.

Police looked at the woman’s phone, seeing days worth of text message conversations.

Police later determined Hammond was in violation of the order of protection because he let the woman into his home and the two were texting.

“When I saw it this morning, the Facebook post, I was shocked. You would think he would have learned from the first time,” Washington County parent Aftan Isaacs said.

Issacs tells us she doesn’t believe Hammond belongs on the school board.

“It’s shocking being a parent in the school system with somebody that we look up to, it’s disturbing. It makes you question your child’s safety, or their wellbeing, just everything,” Isaacs said.

Washington County Schools responded to our story through a statement from WCDE Attorney Scott Bennett:

“The Washington County Board of Education has been made aware of criminal allegations against an elected board member.  The Board has a practice of not commenting on such matters since doing so could interfere in the State’s investigation or prejudice someone’s defense. 
Since it is the responsibility of the courts, not the Board, to adjudicate these matters, this board member has all the rights and duties of any board member until a court declares otherwise.”

Hammond has denied the simple assault allegations – saying his former girlfriend is trying to frame him.

Both sides said they have evidence to support their claims.

Hammond is due back in court April 22 for the domestic assault charge.

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