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Prosecutor fired, charged with assault

NORFOLK (AP) A veteran Virginia prosecutor has been fired after he was accused of hitting a co-working and pulling a gun on her.

John Haugh of Hampton was charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor, in Chesapeake General District Court, according to online court records. He is charged with brandishing a  firearm in Newport News, records showed.

The alleged victim, a paralegal for the Norfolk commonwealth’s attorney, took out a charge with the Newport News magistrate on Feb. 3, accusing Haugh of pulling a gun in her presence, the Daily Press reported. She reported that Haugh later struck her as he drove to her home in Chesapeake.

Haugh turned himself in to police that day and was released on a $2,500 recognizance bond.

A spokesperson for the attorney general’s office confirmed Haugh was terminated from his job as an assistant attorney general.

Haugh had been assigned in 2015 to assist Norfolk prosecutors on violent crime, organized crime and drug offenses. A spokesperson for the Norfolk commonwealth’s attorney’s office said that office asked that Haugh be removed.

“We notified the Virginia attorney general’s office on Saturday, Feb. 3rd, that John’s services were no longer needed here,” the spokesperson said.

The Virginian-Pilot reported Haugh declined to comment when reached at home.

Online records indicated Haugh was represented by Timothy G. Clancy of Hampton. Clancy did not respond to a request for comment.

Records showed hearings scheduled for Feb. 20 in Newport News and March 29 in Chesapeake.

Haugh, 57, worked for 21 years at the Hampton commonwealth’s attorney’s office, including a five-month stint as head of the office after the retirement of Commonwealth’s Attorney Linda Curtis in 2012, according to the Daily Press.

He then worked at the Louisa County prosecutor’s office before joining the attorney general’s office in 2015 with the assignment in Norfolk, the Daily Press reported.

Additional reporting by VLW. Updated Feb. 12 to add details and correct that Haugh was not accused of pointing a gun at the alleged victim.

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