John Sims

A State Police officer booked in St. Martin Parish last month on a count of domestic abuse battery is on administrative leave pending the outcome of an investigation into the incident, a State Police spokesman said Wednesday.

John Sims, who joined the Lafayette-based Troop I in 2014, was taken into custody on Dec. 15, the day after an early morning argument with the mother of his children allegedly turned physical, according to an affidavit of arrest.

The woman went to Sims’ home in St. Martinville around 4:15 a.m. on the day of  the fight because she was worried she hadn’t been able to reach him, according to her statement to a St. Martin Parish Sheriff's deputy.

After entering the home with her own key, an argument erupted between the woman and Sims, who had been sleeping, according to the arrest affidavit summarizing statements from the woman and from Sims.

The woman told police that Sims grabbed her by the upper arms and slammed her against the wall.

The two children between Sims and the woman were not present during the altercation, according to the affidavit.

The woman reported the incident to police the next day, the affidavit says, and the responding deputy observed bruises on her arms consistent with fingertip marks. Sims told deputies he’d been startled because the woman was screaming at him and he didn’t know the reason.

Sims admitted grabbing the woman by her arms, in order to recover his telephone, which he claimed she had taken, according to the affidavit.

“(Sims) said she tried getting away and that’s when he pushed her up against the wall,” Deputy Jacob Desormeaux wrote in the affidavit.

Sims declined comment when reached by telephone on Wednesday.

The allegations surfaced as a result of a tip to several news organizations on Wednesday, and records of the incident were obtained through the St. Martin Parish Clerk of Court.

Master Trooper Brooks David, a spokesman for State Police, said Sims is on administrative leave pending the outcome the St. Martin Parish Sheriff's Office's investigation.

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