Charges yet to be filed in Boggs’ case

Published 11:12 am Wednesday, November 18, 2015

A hearing in Ironton Municipal Court is still on the docket in the domestic abuse case of Lawrence County Commissioner Les Boggs.

Boggs was arrested on Nov. 5 by Lawrence County sheriff’s deputies following allegations made by a woman who said she was living with Boggs.

However, as of 2:30 p.m. Tuesday no charges had been filed in the case by special prosecutor Charles Kirby. Kirby was named by Common Pleas Court Judge Charles Cooper after Boggs’ arrest because prosecuting attorney Brigham Anderson can not prosecute the case as he is the attorney for the commission.

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But Lawrence County Sheriff Jeff Lawless said he talked with Kirby Tuesday morning and charges were expected.

“I was advised that prosecutor Kirby did indicate he was planning on filing charges in municipal court,” Lawless said.

The woman alleged that the incident followed an argument between the two.

According to the complaint the woman made to the sheriff’s office, the commissioner allegedly held her down on a bed, attempted to choke her and backhanded her in the face.

She also alleged Boggs prevented her from using her cell phone and threw it into a pond on the property.

Besides Kirby the Honorable Richard Schisler was named special judge in the case. Schisler spent 17 years on the bench in Portsmouth and 14 years as Portsmouth city solicitor prior to that.

Thursday’s hearing is tentatively scheduled for 10 a.m.