Anne Arundel Co. Sheriff says wife recants statements leading to his arrest

ANNAPOLIS, Md. — The sheriff of Anne Arundel County who is charged with assaulting his wife, says she has recanted statements that led to his arrest Sunday night.

“Soon you will read how she has recanted everything,” Sheriff Ron Bateman said at a news conference Tuesday morning. “I never, ever, ever assaulted Elsie.”

Bateman spoke to reporters for less than one minute while standing alone, under an umbrella outside his offices at the Circuit Court of Anne Arundel County.

“We are embarrassed by this. But, I can tell you that we are going to get through this through counseling,” Bateman said, reiterating comments similar to those included in a news release distributed Monday denying he assaulted his wife.

Anne Arundel County police declined to comment on whether they’ve heard from Elsie Bateman since Sunday night.

“The investigation is still ongoing. We can’t comment on the case at this time,” said Anne Arundel County Police Corporal Jacklyn Davis.

Domestic abuse cases frequently are prosecuted without the cooperation of alleged victims.

Police called to the Bateman home in Pasadena, Maryland, Sunday night arrested Bateman and charged him with misdemeanor second-degree assault. At a news conference Monday, police described injuries to Elsie Bateman as minor, but “visible.”

Bateman returned to work Tuesday in an administrative capacity. Day-to-day operations of the Anne Arundel County Sheriff’s Office will happen under the supervision of Col. Paul Tabor.

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