Kansas lawmaker agrees to advice to avoid charging battery – Leavenworth Times
A 21-year-old Kansas congressman has agreed to undergo psychological counseling and a domestic violence assessment to avoid prosecution on a domestic battery charge misdemeanor over an argument with his younger brother.
Freshman Democratic Representative Aaron Coleman, of Kansas City, also agreed in Johnson County to submit to a drug or alcohol test if officials ask him to do so. Coleman last week signed the diversion agreement with prosecutors, which was filed in district court Monday.
Coleman has been embroiled in controversy since running for the Kansas House in 2020, acknowledging past abuses against girls and young women that prompted a Legislative Committee to reprimand him in writing. In addition to the Johnson County charges, he also faced two traffic charges in neighboring Douglas County, although online court records said that case was resolved last month.
He must stand for re-election this year to keep his seat and already faces an opponent in the Aug. 2 primary in his heavily Democratic district.
The household battery charge is from an October 30 incident. Coleman was accused in court documents of pushing, hitting and spitting on his 18-year-old brother in an argument over his baptism.
The agreement lasts for one year and requires Coleman to undergo psychological counseling during that period. He is also required to undergo a domestic violence assessment within one month and complete it within six months if directed to undergo anger management counseling. He has to pay $294.50 in fees and court costs.
Coleman’s attorney did not respond to a phone message requesting comment Thursday, and Coleman did not immediately respond to a text message.
In Douglas County, Coleman was charged with speeding on Interstate 70 and failing to yield to an emergency vehicle after he was arrested Nov. 27 in Lawrence. Court records show that on February 18 he had pleaded no plea to the charges, and the speeding charges were dismissed. The records did not include details of his sentence.