Former Boston Police superintendent Bruce Holloway pleaded not guilty on Thursday to charges that he beat his girlfriend in Newton overnight, officials said.
Holloway, 58, of Boston, was arraigned in Newton District Court on charges of assault and battery on a family or household member, said the office of Middlesex District Attorney Marian T. Ryan, in a statement. He was ordered to remain in custody until his next hearing on Monday.
According to Ryan’s office, a woman arrived at the Newton Police Department just after 1 a.m. on Thursday and reported that Holloway had shouted and sworn at her before pushing her against a wall and striking her on the forehead. Newton police obtained an emergency restraining order against Holloway and arrested him at his Boston home, officials said.
“While the allegations against this defendant are troubling in many ways, it is a particular concern that this violence may have occurred in front of a child,” Ryan said in the statement.
Boston police would not comment on the charges and Holloway’s former attorney could not be reached Thursday night.
Holloway was placed on administrative leave in October 2012 for a second time as the department investigated allegations against him from a former girlfriend.
It was not clear on Thursday if the new charges involved the same woman.
“For the most part, it’s pretty common for people who are abusers to do it on a consistent and repetitive basis for a long time,” said Sarah Perry, executive director at The Second Step, a domestic violence support center based in Newton. “And typically when they get out of one abusive relationship they quickly get into another.
“That’s the problem with abusers; they can be very charming, and they’re often very skilled at manipulation and control.”
According to a police spokeswoman and Holloway’s attorney in 2012, Timothy M. Burke, he was placed on leave with pay on Oct. 24, 2012. Holloway was the superintendent in charge of the Bureau of Investigative Services, which placed him as the chief of 280 detectives.
Burke said Holloway had dated the woman involved in the 2012 incident for about a year and broke up with her in August. He declined comment then, however, on the reason Holloway was placed on paid leave a second time.
Correction: Because of a reporting error, Sarah Perry’s name was misspelled in an earlier version of this article.