BOURNE (CBS) – A Bourne selectman is facing domestic violence charges after allegedly attacking his girlfriend.

Michael Blanton was arrested Tuesday.

According to court records, the selectman allegedly grabbed the woman and repeatedly drove her head into the floor. The woman told police Blanton was standing over her with a baseball bat.

Bourne selectman Michael Blanton is brought into Falmouth District Court to face domestic violence charges. (WBZ-TV)

Blanton was arraigned briefly Wednesday in Falmouth District Court and ordered to be held without bail until a dangerousness hearing next week.

Investigators said the attack took place inside his Bourne home when his girlfriend confronted him about his infidelity.

He is facing several charges, including assault and battery on a household/family member, assault with a dangerous weapon, threatening to commit a crime, and witness intimidation.

“He seems like a very nice man and I’m surprised to hear that. That makes me very sad,” said one woman in the community.

One man said, “It doesn’t matter who you are if you’re an elected official or not, you should be prosecuted the same way as everyone else.”

According to the Town of Bourne website, Blanton is up for re-election this year.


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