A high-ranking Annapolis police officer has been suspended after he was charged with second-degree assault in an alleged domestic dispute, according to police.

Capt. Christopher A. Amoia was charged April 4, according to court records and Lt. Gregory Wright, a spokesman for the Easton Police Department.

Wright said police were called to Amoia's home in Easton at 10:30 that night. The victim told police that she and Amoia had been arguing and things turned physical. Police reported that the victim told them Amoia had her against a wall with his forearm, Wright said. She was not treated for injuries.

Amoia was charged with second-degree assault, Wright said. He was taken to a court commissioner and released on his own recognizance. Cpl. Amy Miguez, a spokeswoman for the Annapolis police, said Amoia has been suspended with pay "at least the criminal case is concluded, at which point, a decision will be made whether or not to continue his suspension of police powers."

Amoia is commander of the department's administrative support services division, overseeing records, communications, community services and other services. He has been with the Annapolis police since June 1991, Miguez said.

Amoia does not have a lawyer listed in court records and does not have a listed phone number. He could not immediately be reached for comment. A trial is scheduled for May 27.

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