CLINTON, Ill. (AP) -- A newly elected
DeWitt County Board member says he's surprised he landed in jail after what he
described as a routine "get acquainted" meeting with a fellow
sheriff's deputies arrested 55-year-old Terry Hoffman of Maroa on Wednesday.
Hoffman was jailed overnight on felony aggravated battery charges
related to a meeting with Teresa Barnett, the DeWitt County/Clinton Emergency
Management Agency director.
Hoffman says no harsh words were exchanged during their discussion. He
says he at one point did poke her upper arm while making a point. He says he
intended that to be "a conciliatory gesture."
Barnett and DeWitt County Board Chairwoman Sherrie Brown declined to
comment on the case.
Hoffman is due in court on Jan. 16.