December 15, 2017 10:48:51 AM
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Former Oktibbeha County Circuit Clerk Glenn Hamilton was arrested Wednesday for allegedly hitting a former romantic partner.
According to a release from the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office, Hamilton was arrested at the 3800 block of Douglastown Road, in northeast Oktibbeha County, at about 7:30 p.m. He has been charged with simple assault.
OCSO said the charges against Hamilton originated in Oktibbeha County Justice Court. In an affidavit The Dispatch obtained from the court, a female victim claims Hamilton struck her with an open hand three times in the face and knocked her down. The alleged incident occurred on Dec. 6, according to the affidavit.
The victim also claims to have been in a "former dating relationship" with Hamilton.
Hamilton was processed by OCSO and released on recognizance.
Hamilton was arrested in north Clay County on June 17, 2016 for misdemeanor trespassing and misdemeanor possession of Native American artifacts, as well as for felony possession of methamphetamines.
He pleaded guilty to the charge of felony possession and was sentenced to one year supervised probation, a $1,000 fine and $500 in restitution to the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics.
Hamilton was first elected circuit clerk in 2011 and won re-election to a second term in 2015. He previously served as a state senator from 1996 to 2004 and was appointed chairman for the Mississippi State Parole Board by former Gov. Haley Barbour in 2004. He served in that post until 2008.
Hamilton resigned from his position as circuit clerk after he pleaded in July. He has since been followed by interim circuit clerk Angie McGinnis and circuit clerk-elect Tony Rook.
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