Sen. Troy Brown says he won't resign over domestic violence arrest

Sen. Troy Brown says he won't resign over domestic violence arrest
Published: Dec. 4, 2015 at 11:04 PM CST|Updated: Dec. 5, 2015 at 12:42 AM CST
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BATON ROUGE, LA (WVUE) - Do not expect District 2 State Senator Troy Brown, D-Napoleonville, to resign over his current legal troubles.

Billboards from Brown's recent successful campaign remain hoisted high in some areas he represents in the Louisiana Legislature.

"If he did a crime like that and he went to jail for it, he does not deserve to be a state senator," said constituent Jonathan Savoie.

But Crompton Beasley, another constituent, believes Brown should remain in office, at least until the case plays out.

"Whatever people are saying and stuff like that, they need to get their facts straight. I think that he's doing a terrific job," Beasley said.

Brown was arrested during a Bayou Classic after-party at a hotel in New Orleans for allegedly punching a woman who is described as a "side friend" in the police report. Brown was booked with domestic simple battery. He issued an apology after his arrest and this week stepped down from the chairmanship of a senate committee pending the outcome of his legal issues.

We reached out to the senator for comment for this report, but instead he referred us to his spokeswoman, Marsanne Golsby. Golsby stated that Brown will not resign his senate seat.

"He hasn't been found guilty of anything," Golsby said. "Everyone, including elected officials, has a right to their day in court."

However, an unsuccessful challenger to Brown in the October election is outraged over the scandal.

"My thought about it is disappointment for the people of District 2 and the state of Louisiana. It's really sad that things evolved the way they did, but everybody has his day in court," Eric Weil said.

There also have been questions raised about Brown's residency. The address listed on the police report is on Francine Circle in Geismar, Louisiana in Ascension Parish.

The Legislature website puts that location in Senate District 18.

Brown represents portions of Ascension and Assumption. And while he listed the Geismar address when he was arrested in New Orleans, the Assumption Parish Clerk of Courts Office said when he qualified for re-election, he gave an address on Highway 308 in Napoleonville as his domicile.

Brown's attorney, Edwin Murray said that his client maintains he lives in the district he represents. Golsby echoed that and said Brown fulfills the residency requirements for the senate. She also said that Brown owns both residences, and that he spends eight to 10 nights a month at the Napoleonville house that is near his district office and his parents' home. She called the Geismar house a "recent" home because his wife works in Baton Rouge.

Weil said it's an issue that needs be investigated thoroughly.

"If he's committed any kind of fraud in the case of falsifying documents to the Board of Ethics, even about his residency, because I understand his house is in District 18, it should be addressed," he said.

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