Oakland County judge charged with assaulting man

November 26, 2021 GMT

WIXOM, Mich. (AP) — A suburban Detroit judge was arrested on a domestic assault charge, authorities said.

The alleged incident Wednesday involved Oakland County Judge Kathleen Ryan and a man who had a relationship with her, Wixom police said.

“The man appeared to have suffered from minor injuries but refused medical treatment at the scene,” police said.

Ryan, chief judge in Probate Court, was charged Thursday with domestic assault. She was released on bond.

The court was closed Friday; no one answered the phone at Ryan’s office.

She was first elected in 2010.

“The fact that Ms. Ryan is an elected official did not play any part in the charge that was authorized and will not play any part in the handling or disposition of this case,” said county prosecutor Karen McDonald, a former judge.