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July 3, 2013 9:10:00 PM
Two arrest warrants have been issued for local businessman Alan Redden for simple assault and malicious mischief.
The warrants stem from an alleged altercation that occurred June 28 between Redden and his ex-girlfriend's 13-year-old daughter.
According to an incident report filed with the Lowndes County Sheriff's Department, Redden entered the home of Pam Robertson and got into an argument with her daughter. The report states Redden grabbed the child by the chin and also destroyed her cell phone.
The girls' mother did not see the incident occur. Law enforcement was called to the scene but Redden left before officers arrived.
Redden is currently on unsupervised probation for a domestic violence charge from 2011. In February, Redden pleaded guilty to a charge of aggravated assault-domestic violence. Lowndes County Circuit Court Judge Lee Coleman sentenced Redden to five years in prison but suspended the sentence and placed Redden on unsupervised probation, a sentence which is virtually unheard of. Domestic violence-aggravated assault carries a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison.
During Redden's sentencing, Coleman called the abuse an "abnormality" and referenced the fact that Redden is a business owner and volunteers within the community.
Redden has a prior felony conviction for possession of gambling machines.
In light of Wednesday's arrest warrant, the district attorney's office filed a petition to revoke Redden's suspended sentence. A hearing will be set in which Redden will appear before Coleman who will then decide whether or not to revoke all or part of the suspended sentence. As of presstime Wednesday evening, Redden had not yet been arrested. However, his bond has been set for $3,500, $1,000 for the malicious mischief charge and $2,500 for the simple assault charge. Both are misdemeanor charges.
Sarah Fowler covered crime, education and community related events for The Dispatch.
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