Washington County school board member indicted on order of protection violation

Becky Campbell • Nov 16, 2019 at 9:47 AM

Washington County School Board member David Hammond was indicted earlier this month for violating an order of protection his girlfriend had obtained against him in April.

That order of protection stemmed from an incident between the two in March after which the woman obtained an order of protection. According to the indictment, Hammond had contact with the woman April 16 while the order of protection was in place. 

Hammond, 51, 115 Beechnut St., Apt. B2, was first arrested on a simple domestic assault charge in March after the woman alleged he had grabbed and shoved her during an argument days earlier, leaving marks and bruises on her arms and torso.

Less than a month later on April 18, Hammond was arrested again, accused of violating the terms of his bond by maintaining contact with his accuser, marking the third time Hammond has been jailed during his nine years on the board.

In 2015, Hammond was accused of assaulting his previous wife before the case was eventually dismissed and stricken from his record.

Since his most recent arrest, Hammond said recent board meetings have been productive and that there’s still “been no discussion” about the possibility of his resignation.

“No one on the board has asked me to resign, and I have not heard from any constituents or been told of anyone wishing for that,” he said earlier this year. “I feel like I’ve been a good board member. I’ve been accessible to the people, and I’ve put the children, teachers and parents first while being mindful of the taxpayers in Washington County.”

Hammonds’ attorney, Gene Scott, said he believes this most recent matter will also be dismissed.

“We look forward to having out day in court and feel after the court hears this matter, Mr. Hammond will be acquitted,” Scott said. “At the very most, this is a misunderstanding.”

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