Aberdeen city council member arrested

Hoquiam Municipal Court will handle the case to avoid conflicts of interest

An Aberdeen man and city council member was arrested early Monday morning by Aberdeen police.

Riley T. Carter, 39, was taken to the Aberdeen city jail and booked on charges of fourth-degree assault/domestic violence and interfering with the reporting of domestic violence, both misdemeanor offenses, according to a news release by the Aberdeen Police Department.

APD first received a call at 1:32 a.m. Monday from a 32-year-old woman who reported being physically assaulted by her husband. Upon arriving, police interviewed both parties and detained Carter, transporting him to the city jail.

Because Carter is a city council member, recently entering his first term in office, Hoquiam Municipal Court will handle the case to avoid a potential conflict of interest.

Carter requested privacy at this time as the couple deals with the incident and active investigation, when contacted by The Daily World.

According the Washington state code, “the conviction of a public officer of any felony or malfeasance in office shall entail, in addition to such other penalty as may be imposed, the forfeiture of his or her office, and shall disqualify him or her from ever afterward holding any public office in this state.”

Contact Senior Reporter Michael S. Lockett at 757-621-1197 or mlockett@thedailyworld.com.