Criminal case leads Kansas lawmaker to step aside for week

TOPEKA (Kansas) -- A Kansas lawmaker, aged 21, was charged with domestic battery in connection to a disturbance involving his brother. He said that he will be taking a break from his legislative duties for a few days.

Criminal case leads Kansas lawmaker to step aside for week

TOPEKA (Kansas) -- A Kansas lawmaker, aged 21, was charged with domestic battery in connection to a disturbance involving his brother. He said that he will be taking a break from his legislative duties for a few days.

Aaron Coleman, a Kansas City Democratic State Representative, tweeted that his "leave is taken" after a Johnson County District Judge's order Monday that Coleman undergo a mental evaluation. Coleman stated that he has to "admit myself to a psychological health facility."

Coleman did not immediately respond to messages, text and email requesting more details. He described the prosecution as "Frivolous", and his attorney filed a not guilty plea Monday.

In February, a House committee disciplined Coleman for allegedly abusing young girls and women. Coleman admitted some of the behaviors on social media, and stated that he was a troubled teenager.

In addition, he was expelled from the Kansas Department of Labor's offices last month for disruptive behavior. Coleman claimed he was trying help constituents.

The misdemeanor battery case against Coleman stems from an incident Saturday evening at Coleman's grandfather's house. Coleman accused his brother of stealing the phone and his grandmother said it was a dispute over his brother's religious beliefs.

Some House Democrats, including their leader have called for Coleman's resignation.

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