JCPS employee accused of holding girlfriend against her will - WDRB 41 Louisville News

JCPS employee accused of holding girlfriend against her will

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LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) - A JCPS District Coordinator is scheduled to be arraigned Monday morning after being arrested for holding his girlfriend against her will.

58-year-old Phillip Pettus was arrested early Saturday morning after police responded to a home on a domestic violence call.

According to an arrest report, Pettus and his girlfriend were having an argument that turned physical when Pettus threw her onto a bed, put his hands over her mouth and hit her. When she asked to leave, he said, "You aren't going anywhere," and kept her for two hours. Police say she was able to get away and contact her sister, who called police.

Pettus is employed by JCPS as a Safe Crisis Management coordinator, who helps train employees as part of a comprehensive program for preventing and managing crisis situations.

The program includes instructions on how to properly use restraint and seclusion when a student's behavior poses imminent danger or physical harm to the student or others. 

Pettus is charged with assault and unlawful imprisonment.

Alcohol is thought to have been involved in the incident. 

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