KILL DEVIL HILLS, N.C. (WAVY) — A lieutenant with the Kill Devil Hills Police Department is on leave amid an assault charge involving his wife.
According to Dare County paperwork, Lieutenant Allen Holland threw his wife to the ground and tore her clothes off back in August. He turned himself in to the sheriff’s office on Monday.
Authorities say it happened at the couple’s home in Kill Devil Hills. A neighbor says she did not hear or see anything strange back on August 4, the date of the alleged offense. It was not immediately clear why eight weeks passed between the alleged assault and the date Holland turned himself in.
We also wanted to know from the District Attorney representing Dare County if that’s a misdemeanor, then what is the threshold for a felony? We reached out to D.A. Andrew Womble by phone and email, and are waiting for a response.
We also wanted to know how Virginia law compares. The Virginia Beach Commonwealth’s Attorney’s office says it’s pretty similar to North Carolina.
For example, a misdemeanor such as the one against Holland wouldn’t become a felony unless it were at least a third offense. It would also be a felony if the case involved more serious acts such as stab wounds or gunshot wounds – or if it were a case of rape, forcible sodomy or some form of penetration.
It’s important to point out that none of that aggravating behavior is alleged in the case against Holland.
Holland is 47, and has been ordered not to have any communication with his wife as a result of the charge.
The couple have two daughters, according to a neighbor.
Holland runs the patrol division for Kill Devil Hills Police and is listed as a certified concealed carry instructor in North Carolina.
He is on paid administrative leave and has more than 20 years experience with the department.
Holland is free on $1000 bond. He’s due in court November 8.