A Minden man accused of domestic battery was arrested by police under ‘Gwen’s Law.’
John Riley Hollingsworth, 28, of Minden, was arrested Friday, May 22, and charged with aggravated battery by domestic violence. No bond was set.
Gwen’s Law, authored by Rep. Roy Burrell, of Shreveport, strengthens protective orders and requires a hearing before bail. The court has to decide the feasibility of granting bail to a person charged with domestic violence. The bill was signed into law in late 2014.
Minden Police Chief Steve Cropper says this is the first time he can recall his department having arrested someone under the new law. He says Det. Keith King Jr. was contacted by a concerned citizen stating Hollingsworth’s wife had been “battered” by him.
“Sgt. Tokia Whiting located her at her residence,” Cropper said. “At that point in time, she informed Sgt. Whiting that her husband Riley had come by and they began to argue. He’d taken her cell phone away from her and threw it at her, hitting her in the right eye area causing a small cut.”
Cropper says other injuries were apparent, and the victim told police Hollingsworth picked her up and slammed her body down on the tile floor of the residence, causing severe back pain.
“At that point in time, apparently Riley left the residence,” the chief said. “They got the victim up here to file a report and file charges. A warrant was obtained for Mr. Hollingsworth for aggravated battery by domestic violence.”
Cropper says he turned himself in to police Friday, May 22. During questioning, Hollingsworth admitted to the charges, “but also admitted that she’d been guilty of beating him in the past also,” he said.
Hollingsworth went before 26th Judicial District Judge Parker Self Tuesday for the bail hearing. Bond was set at $25,000 and no contact is allowed between the victim and Hollingsworth except by phone or text, and only by dealing with the custody of the children, court records show.
He must also submit to drug screens within eight hours of request. If he fails to comply, bond will be revoked. He must take all legal prescriptions in the proper manner. If he fails to comply, bond will be revoked.
He must also submit to a psychiatric evaluation and treatment. If he violates any of the above conditions, bond will be revoked.