A college professor who teaches New York City police officers and firefighters how to peacefully resolve conflicts has been charged with assaulting her longtime partner on Valentine’s Day.
Joann Baney, a Columbia University faculty member, was arrested Saturday night at her Upper West Side apartment and charged with misdemeanor assault, reported the New York Daily News.
The victim, a 46-year-old retired New York police sergeant, said the 54-year-old Baney slugged him as he slept at her apartment shortly before 11 p.m.
He suffered cuts to his left ear and the right side of his neck.
The arrest report shows Baney told police that she hit him because he had cheated on her.
The newspaper describes her as “a staunch defender of women’s rights and an outspoken critic against domestic violence.”
Baney teaches at Columbia’s executive education program, which offers professional degrees to New York City police officers and firefighters who are considered to be future leaders.
University officials did not return calls seeking comment, but the Daily News quoted an unnamed school source who said the incident was “bizarre.”
“Her specialty is about communication and building relationships with the public, (but) in reality she has a hair trigger,” the source said.
Baney’s attorney said she is innocent and looking forward to telling her side of the story.