A Frederick police officer has been charged with second-degree assault after his girlfriend told police he hit her several times.
At about 1 a.m. on June 16, the woman called police to report that a verbal altercation had turned physical and her live-in boyfriend had hit her.
Officers responded to the 1400 block of Key Parkway and identified the suspect as Martin Holt, a 14-year veteran of the Frederick Police Department.
Following an investigation, Holt was charged Thursday, police say. According to a statement from police, CPL. Holt was assigned as the Assistant Supervisor to a midnight shift in the Patrol Division.
Holt's police powers have been suspended and he is assigned to administrative duties. The Frederick Police Department's Internal Affairs Unit is conducting a separate, independent, internal investigation.
"Enforcement of laws and ensuring the safety of all citizens is paramount," Frederick Police Chief Kim Dine said in the statement. "Allegations of domestic violence regardless of who has allegedly committed it must be taken seriously.
"When the person accused is a member of our department we are saddened and outraged. We regret this incident occurred; we take these matters very seriously, evident by our professional, respectful, handling of this incident".