Anderson domestic violence advocate facing domestic violence charges

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ANDERSON, Ind. – An Anderson man that served as the vice president of a non-profit with a domestic violence advocacy program was arrested and charged with felony domestic battery, strangulation and residential entry charges in Madison County.

Laverne Pflugh was taken into custody on June 3.

His estranged wife told police Pflugh came into her apartment, gripped her throat with his hand, and applied pressure, while he was upset and wanting to see his 5-month-old son.

Court documents indicate the incident happened at an apartment complex off 53rd Street in Anderson. His estranged wife’s aunt witnessed Pflugh strangle her, according to police, and then pin another man against the wall and accuse him of having an affair.

Suzzann Bottoms, Director of Operations at Sowers of Seeds Counseling, said Pflugh has been on the board for approximately two years. Bottoms said she sent him a text message while he was in jail and later a certified letter telling him he’d be removed from the board.

She said Pflugh told her the accusations were false.

“I don’t want somebody else’s actions to be a reflection of the good work that is done at our agency,” she said in a statement to CBS4, “We hold our agency to very high standards when it comes to eradicating domestic violence in Madison County and surrounding counties.”

“The agency’s response to the situation is critical,” said Laura Berry, Executive Director, Indiana Coalition Against Domestic Violence, “They let this person go quickly upon learning of the situation.”

Berry said calls for help in Indiana are up in recent years. She remind that one in four women and one in seven men will be victims of domestic violence.

“It can be your next-door neighbor. It can be your coworker,” she said, “It can happen to any of us. It can happen to any of our agencies.”

Pflugh posted bond and was released from jail.

We went to his home in Anderson for comment Thursday night but he did not answer the door.

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