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State Rep. Robert Goforth Charged With Strangulation, Assault

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Republican state Rep. Robert Goforth has been charged with felony strangulation, assault and terroristic threatening following a domestic violence incident early Tuesday morning.

Goforth was booked in the Laurel County jail shortly after 4:00 a.m. Tuesday. He was arrested in East Bernstadt, his hometown.

According to Laurel County Sheriff’s Office, Goforth was arrested at 3:10 am Tuesday after a woman alleged he had assaulted her at home, where there were three small children present. According to police, the children were not physically harmed.

The alleged victim said that Goforth threatened to kill her, according to police. Police reported she had visible marks on her forehead, neck and arms and bruising on her leg.

Kentucky did not have a felony strangulation crime until 2019 when the legislature created it. Goforth voted in favor of the legislation.

Goforth is the second state representative from Laurel County to be arrested over the last week. Republican Rep. Derek Lewis was arrested on a drunk driving charge in London early in the morning of April 16, hours after lawmakers wrapped up this year’s legislative session.

Goforth was first elected to represent the 89th district during a special election in 2018. He won the seat during the regular election later in the year.

Goforth also unsuccessfully challenged then-Gov. Matt Bevin during the 2019 Republican primary election for governor, taking 39 percent of the vote.

This story has been updated.

Ryland Barton is the Managing Editor for Collaboratives. He's covered politics and state government for NPR member stations KWBU in Waco and KUT in Austin. He has a bachelor's degree from the University of Chicago and a master's degree in journalism from the University of Texas. He grew up in Lexington.

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