PHILADELPHIA (AP) – A Pennsylvania state official was arrested Friday and charged with harassment and violating an abuse protection order filed by his wife in what his lawyer called a “domestic issue Â», Reported a newspaper.
The Philadelphia Inquirer reports that the charges against Democratic state representative Kevin Boyle came after he was removed from his post as chairman of the State House finance committee and his access to the Capitol was restricted earlier this month.
Boyle’s attorney, R. Emmett Madden, told the newspaper his arrest on Friday was a “domestic issue”.
He acknowledged that any violation of an abuse protection order is concerning, but added: “It is important to note that Kevin Boyle is not charged with any act of violence.”
Boyle is to undergo a mental health assessment as part of an agreement with the Philadelphia District Attorney’s Office and “intends to act on all legal, mental health and medical recommendations, including treatment. “Madden said.
“We are optimistic that with treatment Kevin can regain full health, resolve these charges and continue to serve his constituents,” he said.
In one report on Saturday, Republican House leaders called the arrest “more than disturbing” and urged him to step down “to focus on his personal health and the future well-being of those around him.” .
House Democratic leaders said they were “grateful” that Boyle agreed to undergo assessment and treatment for “ongoing mental health issues.”
“Our thoughts and prayers are first and foremost with Representative Boyle’s wife and two young children,” the statement said.
Boyle only said Democratic House leaders received “incorrect information” about him over the summer. It is not known why he was removed from his post on the House finance committee or why his access to the Capitol was limited.
Boyle, 41, was released on Saturday morning without bail and a court hearing is scheduled for Tuesday. He was elected in 2010 to represent parts of northeast Philadelphia and Montgomery County. His brother, US Representative Brendan Boyle, is in his fourth term representing Philadelphia in Congress.