Authorities with the Patton Township police department have filed charges against an official at Penn State University following an investigation into alleged acts of domestic violence.
Police say Keith Brautigam, who serves as the university’s Interim Vice President for Information Technology and CIO, is charged with felony strangulation following an alleged incident over the weekend.
According to the affidavit, police were dispatched to a residence late Sunday night for a reported domestic dispute.
Authorities say the female victim claimed that she and Brautigam had engaged in a verbal argument that then escalated to a physical altercation.
Investigators say during the altercation, Brautigam is accused of choking the woman.
Police say the victim stated that “she thought she was going to die.”
Authorities say officers observed bruising and red marks on the victim’s neck.
According to online court records, Brautigam was arraigned Sunday on one felony count of strangulation and a summary harassment charge, and he was released on unsecured bail.
In a statement, the university says “it is aware of the serious charges” and officials say Brautigam was placed on “immediate administrative leave.”