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Former adviser to three governors Zogby charged with domestic assault

John Joyce
505-5432/@JohnJoyceYD
  • Fairview Twp. police have charged former state Budget Secretary Charles Zogby with assault following a domestic dispute.
  • Police called to the Zogby residence Saturday night found Georgina Zogby bloodied and upset, records show.

A former state adviser under three Republican governors, Charles Zogby, is charged with simple assault and harassment after Fairview Township Police were called to his home in response to a domestic dispute with his wife Saturday evening.

According to charging documents, police were dispatched to 607 Moores Mountain Road at 7:31 p.m. While en route, York County 911 dispatchers told responding officers Zogby's wife, Georgina Zogby, 52, said she had been assaulted and was hiding in the bedroom.

Fairview Township Police Chief Jason Loper said his officers have been called to the Zogby residence a number of times in recent years for domestic disputes.

"It looks like we have been out there several times between 2014 and 2016," Loper said.

Charles Zogby

Bloodied and upset: According to a news release, police arrived at the couple's home and found Georgina Zogby with blood on her face and hands. She told police Charles Zogby, 54, had punched her in the face several times and also choked her.

A "visibly upset and crying" Georgina Zogby told police she and her husband had not been arguing. She said he just attacked her and "tried choking her," the documents said.

Officers then spoke to Charles Zogby, who said he and his wife had been arguing. When the officers asked how his wife sustained her injuries, Charles Zogby replied, "Ask Georgina," according to the documents.

"He was not providing a whole lot of information to my officers," Loper said.

He said when the officers pressed Zogby about what happened, he continued to say they had to ask her.

"She had the injuries to support what she said happened," Loper added.

Past brushes with the law: Georgina Zogby has had several of her own run-ins with the law, including a Cumberland County conviction for retail theft from 2012, for which she received five years of probation and 60 hours of community service.

She also pleaded guilty in April 2012 to a first-offense DUI and driving on a suspended license after she was involved in a single-vehicle wreck seven months earlier.

According to reports at the time, Georgina Zogby was driving her BMW Sept. 28, 2011, on Moores Mountain Road about 2:45 p.m. when she lost control of the vehicle, which wound up overturned, blocking both lanes of traffic. Her blood-alcohol content at the time was recorded at 0.177 percent. According to state law, a BAC over 0.08 percent is classified as intoxication.

In November 2012, Georgina Zogby was sentenced to three years' probation and ordered to pay court costs.

She was later convicted for a July 2011 incident in which she fled from state police while driving drunk. Georgina Zogby was sentenced to 120 days of house arrest and fined for the DUI offense. She also underwent drug and alcohol rehabilitation. Her attorney, William Fulton, said at the time of her sentencing that his client had been clean and sober for eight or nine months.

York County Officer of the Year charged in domestic incident

Hearing pending: Charles Zogby, who according to York County court records has no prior criminal convictions, was released on $2,500 unsecured bond and is awaiting a preliminary hearing scheduled for 2:30 p.m. Aug. 29.

Charles Zogby served as education secretary and policy director under Gov. Tom Ridge, education secretary under Gov. Mark Schweiker and budget secretary under Gov. Tom Corbett, all Republicans.

— Reach John Joyce at jjoyce2@yorkdispatch.com or on Twitter @JohnJoyceYD.