KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Rep. Aaron Coleman of Kansas City, Kansas, was formally charged with misdemeanor domestic battery Monday.
The charges follow Coleman's arrest Saturday, where he was taken to the Johnson County Detention Center.
On Monday, Coleman was released from jail on his own recognizance.
“Abusers who are not held accountable for their actions will, most likely, continue to abuse,” Kansas Coalition Against Sexual and Domestic Violence Executive Director Joyce Grover said in a statement. “We urge the state legislature and others to take these latest allegations seriously in light of his past and continuing actions of domestic violence, stalking, intimidation and other abusive behavior and to consider holding him accountable through the imposition of additional sanctions by the Kansas Legislative body or other decision-makers.”
Coleman's first video appearance before a judge was scheduled for Monday at 2:30 p.m.
However, the Johnson County Sheriff's Office told KSHB 41 News Coleman would not appear due to COVID-19 protocol.
Coleman has another court date scheduled on Dec. 22.