A Pennsylvania State Trooper has been charged with multiple counts after violently detaining his ex-girlfriend and having her involuntarily committed, the New York Post reported.
In a statement, the Dauphin County District Attorney’s Office alleges that Ronald Davis, 37, used “substantial force” on the victim while seeking to have her committed to a mental health facility.
The married Davis, who reportedly had a 4-month affair with the victim, is charged with false imprisonment, official oppression, felony strangulation, unlawful restraint, simple assault, and recklessly endangering another person.
According to the affidavit, the saga began on August 21 when Davis sought the help of fellow troopers to commit the victim, known only as M.F., claiming that she had mental health issues.
On the advice of the State Police, Davis contacted county officials asking for an order to have her involuntarily committed. As proof, Davis provided text messages purportedly from M.F. in which she allegedly threatened suicide.
After receiving the order, the off-duty Davis along with a friend went looking for the victim, hoping to track her down before uniformed troopers did.
He and a civilian companion found her at a picnic area in a state forest. As his companion filmed the encounter on his cellphone, Davis picked up the victim and started carrying her to his vehicle.
In the shocking video footage released by the District Attorney’s office, a struggle ensues and Davis is seen sitting on top of the victim as she attempts to fight him off. As Davis attempted to restrain the victim, she repeatedly insisted that she had done wrong.
At this point, uniformed officers arrived at the scene and took M.F. to Lehigh Valley Hospital in Schuylkill. She remained on a mental health hold for five days.
The victim suffered from multiple injuries to her forehead, back, lower body, knees, arms, buttocks, and torso.
Davis was remanded into custody without bail.