Police believe New was using the woman to try to get to her niece, Cobb police Officer Sarah O’Hara told The AJC. New met the woman online, but police are still investigating which website the two used.
According to an arrest warrant obtained Tuesday by The AJC, New choked the woman and slapped both sides of her face during sex to the point she cried. The woman told officers that with New’s hands around her throat, she wasn’t able to tell him to stop, the warrant alleges.
The incident happened sometime between March 1 and March 31 at his home on Hawkins Store Road in Kennesaw, according to police. New was off duty at the time.
During her interview, the woman was reportedly “shaking due to fear,” police said.
The victim’s allegations were corroborated through text messages on her phone, according to the warrant.
“The accused made the statements through text messages, ‘I am in charge, I am in control,’” police said. The threatening messages allegedly continued even after the victim attempted to distance herself from New, as recently as March 31.
At a news conference Tuesday, Cobb County police Chief Mike Register said police believed the woman was the only victim in the case.
“The investigation is still fluid, and we are working this case as we speak,” Register said.
New is also being investigated for an administrative complaint filed with the department. Register said that complaint was not criminal, but involves another woman.
“We are investigating if he adhered to departmental policies,” Register said. The complaint was filed weeks before the first allegations emerged against New.
O’Hara said she could not speak about the specifics of the investigation, but said the complaint “could be in relation to anything from how an officer drives to his response to a call.”
New, who was placed on administrative leave without pay after his arrest, has been with the department since February 2005.
Officer Robert Lanier New is facing aggravated assault by strangulation and simple battery charges.