State Rep Charged For Domestic Violence At Seattle Hospital

Rep. Geoff Simpson, D-Covington, is back in the news for his alleged involvement in another case of domestic violence. City prosecutors have charged Simpson with assault after he allegedly shoved his ex-wife during an altercation at Children’s Hospital in May.

From the Everett Herald:

Once [Simpson] got inside the ex-wife said she tried to open the door and go in and he “pushed her out of the room and used the door to force her all the way out,” according to a Seattle police report.

A social worker told police she saw Simpson “barrel” into the room, push the former wife and shut the door.

He “closed the blinds and barricaded himself inside using his body” and was yelling inside, according to the report. Once he came out, he left the property, witnesses said.

According to Simpson, he and his ex-wife have joint custody of their three children and May 22 was his day to spend time with them. He said when he called the hospital to speak with his daughter his ex-wife would not allow it so he decided to go there in person.

Once there, he said she grabbed his arm to keep him from entering the room. “As I was shutting the door, she was pressing back. I pushed the door shut, talked to my daughter for about 30 seconds, told her I loved her and left,” he said.

Seattle police say Simpson left the hospital following the alleged assault, and was not arrested. However, Simpson was previously arrested in 2008 after he was involved in another incident with his ex-wife. Simpson was not charged in that case.

Simpson told the Herald that since the May incident, the Seattle Police Department has not contacted him to “even to ask my side of the story.”

Simpson is scheduled to appear in court July 26. He’s facing a maximum of one year in jail and a $5,000 fine if convicted.