- Associated Press - Friday, July 18, 2014

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. (AP) - A Tuscaloosa police officer was placed on leave Friday following his second arrest on domestic violence charges since 2012.

A police statement said patrol officer Robert Fourt, 56, was charged with third-degree domestic violence Thursday night. Police didn’t provide details about what led to the arrest.

The Tuscaloosa News (https://bit.ly/1n1dXdh ) reported Fourt was demoted from the rank of sergeant after being charged with felony domestic violence in January 2012. He was accused of burning his wife’s jewelry, wrecking their house, firing a gun and threatening to kill the woman.

Fourt later pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of criminal mischief. He was allowed to continue working as a police officer because the charge was a misdemeanor and he got probation.

Court records were not immediately available to show whether Fourt had a lawyer following the latest arrest.

Before his first arrest, Fourt worked as a patrol shift supervisor for the Tuscaloosa Police Department. Hired in 2003, he had worked as the department’s technology specialist and as an occasional media spokesman.

Fourt was suspended for 10 days without pay in October 2013 after a disciplinary hearing regarding the 2012 domestic violence incident, according to portions of his personnel file obtained by the newspaper through a public records request.

According to the files, he had been drinking heavily that night. His blood alcohol level was 0.14 and his blood tested positive for Xanax, Ambien and opiates two hours before he was scheduled for duty.


Information from: The Tuscaloosa News, https://www.tuscaloosanews.com

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