Nov 16, 2016 1:33 PM

Police: Hampton man charged with domestic violence tried to tamper with witness

HAMPTON — A Hampton man charged with domestic violence now faces charges of tampering with witnesses and violation of a protective order.

Benjamin Hawthorne, 32, was arrested for domestic violence second degree assault on June 16. On June 17, Hawthorne purposely contacted the victim from the previous case in an attempt to pressure the victim into falsifying their testimony for the felony domestic assault case, police said.

Hawthorne also violated a temporary restraining order by calling the victim's cell phone in an attempt to pressure their testimony, police said.

Hawthorne was arrested without incident on Sunday at about 9 p.m. on warrants obtained for his arrest. He was released on $2,000 personal recognizance bail and is scheduled to appear in court on Jan. 10.

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