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Prison officer charged

By Lee Williams
Published in News on July 13, 2007 1:45 PM

A Goldsboro correctional officer faces charges for allegedly assaulting his ex-fiancee and holding her against her will in his Johnston County home when she tried to retrieve her personal belongings July 5.

Stephen Mark Holt, 36, of Woodard Road, Princeton, was charged with assault and kidnapping, said Tammy Amaon, spokesman for the Johnston County Sheriff's Office.

Holt allegedly assaulted Shannon Wells, 30, of Wayne County, when she went to his home to retrieve her personal property after the couple ended their engagement, Miss Amaon said.

According to Miss Wells' complaint, Holt held her down for 45 minutes against her will.

Miss Wells was treated and released at Johnston Memorial Hospital. Deputies responded investigated after receiving a call from hospital personnel.

Holt is employed at the Neuse Correctional Institute on Stevens Mill Road. DOC spokesman George Dudley said Holt has been placed on leave. Upon his return, he will be reassigned until the case has gone to court.