KANSAS CITY, Mo. -- An employee inside the Jackson County Prosecutor's Office is now facing a domestic violence charge. Only on FOX 4, the assistant prosecuting attorney has been charged with attempted assault, after putting his hands on a woman inside his home.
“It's pretty rare that it's a prosecutor that gets in that sort of trouble,” said attorney Debra Gill.
Gill worked as a prosecutor in the Jackson County office for eight years, but never in her time as a prosecutor has she heard of anything like this.
Theodore Hughes IV started working at the prosecutor’s office in December of 2014 according to his LinkedIn page, prosecuting drug and property crimes. Wednesday, according to a citation obtained by FOX 4 news, he was scheduled to be in municipal court, facing an attempted assault charge; a misdemeanor.
“I know that the prosecutor who is in office now, is very respected and runs a very good office, I don't think they would've had any idea that this was going on,” Gill said.
The document alleges Hughes shoved a woman in her chest, causing her to fall over a bed and onto the ground, something Gill believes will not be taken lightly.
“They're probably gonna be harder on him, not the prosecutor’s office itself but the system itself, will probably be harder on someone if they're in the prosecutor’s office. They are held to a higher standard than anyone else because they are enforcing the law.”
FOX 4 did speak with the Jackson County Prosecutors Office Thursday night. A spokesman told us they take these matters very seriously, but because this is a personnel matter, he could not discuss it. FOX 4 also spoke with Hughes by phone, he had no comment.
Hughes is due back in court on March 9.