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Charles Abels

The administrator for the Louisiana Tax Commission was arrested and accused of domestic violence in Livingston Parish earlier this month, according to the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office. 

Charles Abels III, 51, of Killian, was booked March 4 on one count of domestic abuse battery into the Livingston Parish Detention Center, records show. He was released the next day on $1,530 bond. 

An initial report from the Livingston Parish Sheriff's Office says a deputy was dispatched to his home on La. Highway 22 around 7 p.m. in reference to a battery complaint.

"During the course of the investigation, it was found that Charles Abels was in violation," the initial report states.

Lori Steele, a spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, wrote in an email that deputies learned of an argument, and the complainant was worried about safety. 

Reached by phone Monday, Abels declined to comment. 

The initial police report does not indicate who was the target of this alleged violence. Abels' wife filed for and was granted a temporary restraining order against Abels on March 6, based upon findings of domestic abuse and stalking, according to court records. She has since filed for divorce in the 19th Judicial District Court. 

In her request for a restraining order, Abels' wife said he has a history of violence, drug and alcohol abuse and carries a gun and knife.

Abels served one term as the tax assessor for Livingston Parish, losing his seat to Assessor Jeff Taylor in 1999. He resigned from office shortly before the end of his term in 2000 amid a scandal involving a DWI and hit-and-run he allegedly tried to cover up, according to newspaper reports

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