Vaughn cleared in assault case
by John Roach and Jon Gillooly
jroach@mdjonline.com, jgillooly@mdjonline.com
April 24, 2012 12:03 AM | 521 views | 0 0 comments | 6 6 recommendations | email to a friend | print
POWDER SPRINGS — Cobb Police have cleared Mayor Pat Vaughn of any wrongdoing in an investigation into an alleged assault and battery.

Leesa Raaum, 43, of Powder Springs, told police Vaughn hit her in the back with a doorknob when the Powder Springs mayor slammed a door on her on March 20 at the office of Neighborhood Management Services, which manages the homeowners association for the Country Walk subdivision, where Raaum has lived for 12 years.

According to the complaint, Raaum was at the office to drop off a check and inquire about a missing key. Vaughn, who is president of the management company, invited Raaum to come into her office to discuss the key, but Raaum refused, police said. Vaughn then asked Raaum to leave and slammed the door on her, hitting her in the lower back with the doorknob, Raaum told police.

Raaum gave police a photo dated the next day showing an oval bruise on her back.

Vaughn and other witnesses told police that Raaum opened and closed the door herself and that Vaughn was across the room when she left. Vaughn also said that Raaum had fallen in her home, noting that may be what caused the bruise.

While witness accounts differ from Raaum’s, the police report said that Raaum “described the contact in a manner that did not meet a crime.”

Vaughn said the management company’s employees had “past issues with Raaum,” according to the police report.

“It was a totally fabricated story,” Vaughn said. “I appreciate Cobb County getting right on the investigation, and they did a thorough investigation. I’m just thankful that I had three other witnesses in the office with me.

“I wish the best for this troubled young woman, but I hope she will think carefully before she makes any other unfounded allegations in the future.”
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