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Manchester judge accused of assaulting husband over his affair

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MANCHESTER (AP) -

An eastern Iowa judge is accused of throwing a water bottle at her husband and hitting him.

Online court records say Judge Stephanie Rattenborg, of Manchester, is charged with domestic assault in Delaware County. Her attorney, Mark Roeder, said Wednesday that she'll plead not guilty. Her first court appearance on the charge is scheduled for July 12.

Court documents say a sheriff's deputy responded to a 911 call from Rattenborg's husband Friday evening. The documents say Randall Rattenborg told the deputy that his wife threw the water bottle at him and began hitting him because she'd learned he was having an extramarital affair. He suffered a minor lip injury.

The documents say Stephanie Rattenborg admitted throwing the water bottle but denied hitting her husband.

According to an official with the Iowa Judicial Branch, Rattenborg will continue working unless the Judicial Qualifications Commission suspends her with pay pending an investigation.

If she is found guilty of a criminal offense, the case will be reviewed by that same commission.  They may issue a ruling themselves, or refer the case to the Iowa Supreme Court.

The First Judicial District Chief Judge could not be reached to find out about Rattenborg's current working situation.

Rattenborg's lawyer did not return a call for a comment Wednesday.

KWWL's Brad Hanson contributed to this report

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