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Lawmaker charged with assaulting ex-girlfriend

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Posted: Friday, June 10, 2011 5:14 pm | Updated: 5:16 pm, Fri Jun 10, 2011.

PHOENIX (AP) — State Sen. Scott Bundgaard has been charged with misdemeanor assault and endangerment stemming from an alleged domestic violence incident involving his former girlfriend.

City prosecutors say the charges were served Friday afternoon on the Peoria Republican.

Bundgaard's attorney Mark Goldman says his client denies any wrongdoing and predicts he'll be exonerated.

The 43-year-old Bundgaard and 34-year-old Aubry Ballard reportedly argued while returning home after a Feb. 25 charity dance fundraiser.

Police found them with Bundgaard's parked car along State Route 51 in north Phoenix. Each had bruises and cuts.

Phoenix police on March 24 submitted reports to city prosecutors along with a recommendation that Bundgaard be charged with assault.

Senate Republicans later removed Bundgaard as majority leader.

Ballard says she wholeheartedly supports the justice system's decision to hold Bundgaard accountable.

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