State Rep. David Hawk pleads not guilty to assault

GREENEVILLE, Tenn. (AP) -- State Rep. David Hawk has pleaded not guilty to a misdemeanor domestic assault charge.

The Greeneville Sun reports ( Hawk's wife told deputies that her husband struck her in the face and knocked her to the ground during an altercation on Sunday morning in their home.

The criminal complaint states the victim "had bruising and swelling on and around her right eye."

The 43-year-old Hawk is free on $500 bond.

At a Monday hearing, Judge Kenneth Bailey Jr. ordered Hawk to have no contact with his wife. He was allowed supervised visits with their 11-month-old child.

Hawk provided a statement to the newspaper that reads, "I am innocent and did not do what has been alleged against me."

A call to Hawk's attorney, Jerry Laughlin, was not immediately returned.

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