Former Police Officer Accused of Domestic Assault

A former Springfield police officer is facing felony assault charges.

James Cooney, 39, is facing charges of second degree domestic assault, third degree domestic assault, and violation of an order of protection. The domestic assault charges could bring 4 year and 7 year sentences upon conviction.

Cooney is a former Springfield police officer. Department spokeswoman Jasmine Bailey confirmed to OI that Cooney resigned from the department on January 20, 2020, a day ahead of the domestic assault charges being filed against him. The violation of a protection order was not charged until January 23.

The victim in the case told police that Cooney headbutted her during an argument on November 15, 2019, and also headbutted her during an argument in February or March 2019. Court document say the victim also recounted an assault in October where she was knocked unconscious.

The order of protection against Cooney was put in place December 10. He reportedly violated that order by waiting in a hallway of the courthouse where the victim had to travel to an appointment with investigators.

A GPS tracking device was discovered on the victim’s vehicle.

The case is being investigated by the Greene County Sheriff’s Office.

Judge Jerry Harmison is requiring Cooney to wear a GPS monitor while on bond. He is scheduled to appear before Judge Harmison on February 21. Court records say Cooney is represented by attorneys Christopher Cole and Tyson Martin.

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