Northwest Indiana official charged with domestic battery

An elected northwest Indiana official has been arrested on six domestic battery charges alleging he battered his pregnant girlfriend several times dating back to last June.

Lake County Recorder Michael B. Brown was arrested at his Lake Station home Monday afternoon, The Times of Northwest Indiana reported.

He also faces criminal confinement and neglect charges after the girlfriend told police he threw a coffee cup that nearly struck a 3-month-old child.

A friend of the girlfriend called police after she reached out to him “because things are getting worse and she is scared,” court documents state. The friend told police the victim feared for her safety.

The woman told police Brown physically abused her when she confronted him with topics such as “when she received a text message of a girl engaging in sexual deviate conduct with Brown.”

She told police Brown broke a cabinet while angry and kicked in a door when she locked him out because she was scared.

She told investigators that last June he pushed her on her back while she was pregnant with her youngest child and held her wrists to the bed.

Online court records do not list an attorney for Brown who might comment on his behalf.

A subordinate sued Brown for sexual harassment in 2017. The county settled the lawsuit for $185,000 in October 2018.

The county recorder oversees the recording and preservation of public records, including deeds, mortgages, liens, and articles of incorporation.

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