frontman John Paul Pitts was arrested for domestic battery on March 31 in Lake Worth, Fla., according to Pitchfork.
Pitts obtained a “plea and pass” agreement on July 13, after originally pleading not guilty on May 4. The agreement stipulates that his guilty plea and charges will be dismissed in April of next year if he fully complies with the court-mandated program. Paste was able to confirm the arrest through public court records, which state his speedy trial date was June 29. The records make note that the case is still open.
The victim in the case was Pitts’ girlfriend of a year. According to the initial incident report, “Pitts and herself returned from an evening out. An argument pursued because she called a friend, stating she might need a place to stay. Pitts went into the bathroom and stated he was going to harm himself. When she knocked on the door, Pitts came out, they went into the bedroom, and the arguing continued. The victim stated Pitts grabbed her and flipped her over her shoulder, he then pinned her down by climbing on top of her. The defendant then proceeded to shove his fingers inside of her mouth. In return, she attempted to bite him and he pushed his fingers away. He continued to press his weight against her so she bit him on his chest. The victim stated this has occurred before. She told Pitts on numerous occasions she was going to call the police, but he just laughed. Advised she is not trying to ruin his life.”
It was reported that Pitts did not admit to harming his girlfriend at the scene, although he had scratches and bruises and the aforementioned bite mark. Both declined medical attention.