Folly Beach mayor suspends judge accused of domestic violence

FOLLY BEACH, SC (WCSC) - The mayor of Folly Beach will suspend the judge who was charged with criminal domestic violence over the weekend.

On Tuesday, Mayor Tim Goodwin said that he wrote a letter suspending 54-year-old John Kachmarsky from his part-time position as a chief judge for Folly Beach until the matter is settled in court.

Charleston County sheriff's deputies arrested Kachmarsky Sunday night after an incident took place at a Fosters Glen Drive home on Johns Island.

The female victim told deputies that during a verbal argument around 9:45 p.m. Sunday, she attempted to leave the residence, but Kachmarsky pushed her out the door.

At one point, the victim told Kachmarsky that she was recording him on her Blackberry and she was going to post it on Facebook. According to the victim, Kachmarsky slapped her cell phone out of her hand, causing it to break and said that she was going to jail for slapping him. The victim told investigators that she had slapped Kachmarsky to get away from him.

The victim said she feared for her safety and pushed a panic button on the alarm system. A sheriff's office incident report says when the alarm company called the home, Kachmarsky answered and told them everything was okay and that it went off by accident.

Deputies arrived on scene after the victim called police. Kachmarsky told deputies that he and the victim had been drinking earlier and got into an argument over nonsense. According to Kachmarsky, the victim decided to leave the home and when she came back, the victim struck Kachmarsky in the face and back of the head with her hand.

Kachmarsky says he went into his office and the victim followed him and struck him in the face. According to Kachmarsky, he got tired of the victim recording him on her phone so he grabbed the phone and broke it on the floor.

Authorities say they saw no visible signs of injury to Kachmarsky and that he declined to write a statement. Kachmarsky told investigators that he did not push or assault the victim.

Kachmarsky was released from the Charleston County Detention Center under a $2,505 P.R. bond after a hearing Monday.

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