TOLEDO -- A Toledo police officer is on the wrong side of the law tonight. She's been charged with domestic violence, after an alleged run-in with her husband. And there's some irony to this one. Sonya Newton-Butler isn't just a Toledo police officer. She's also part of the department's Domestic Violence Unit.
Police Chief Mike Navarre says the ordeal started yesterday morning at the couple's south Toledo home. According to the charge, officer newton-butler did strike her husband several times in the face and head, which caused visible injury. The report says she also bit the victim in the calf, also leaving visible marks.
Her husband, himself a Toledo firefighter, went to Scott Park District police station, to file a complaint. A sergeant there issued a warrant for Sonya Newton-Butler for domestic violence. She'll be in court next Tuesday morning.
In the meantime, she's off the job, on a medical leave. We're told that leave was in effect before the trouble started, and it's unrelated to the criminal charge. An internal investigation is underway, to determine if any disciplinary action is necessary.
Chief Mike Navarre will not say if she'll return to her role with the Domestic Violence Unit. Officer Sonya Newton-Butler joined the Toledo force back in 1992. She was assigned to the domestic violence unit in 1996.
Posted 6:50pm, Wednesday, August 11, 2004