Police: Pa. attorney chained pregnant girlfriend

November 11, 2008 5:54:56 AM PST
A Pennsylvania defense attorney has been charged with chaining his pregnant girlfriend to a couch without a phone nearby after a fight. But 40-year-old Mark Zearfaus, of Altoona, says he only used the chain because the woman has a drug problem and he was trying to keep her from taking drugs.

He faces a preliminary hearing Friday on simple assault, false imprisonment and harassment.

Police say Zearfaus hit the woman during an argument about 10 a.m. on Nov. 7 then returned to her apartment a half-hour later with a 31-foot chain, saying he didn't want her to leave. Police say he padlocked one end of the chain to her ankle and the other to a couch.

Police say the woman was freed by a neighbor who heard her yelling for help about 5:30 p.m.

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