However, Branson noted that the relationship between Bragg and the victim did not meet the statutory requirements for domestic battery.
Under the state’s domestic battery statute, a girlfriend would only qualify if she and the suspect lived together, had lived together in the past, had a child together or if she was pregnant and the suspect was alleged to be the father.
He pleaded not guilty Friday afternoon, appearing in court via video from the Douglas County Jail.
Bragg’s bond was set at $500, and he was released from jail later that afternoon.
“I assure you he wants to get this resolved,” Chahine said.
Chahine said in court and reiterated to reporters after the hearing that Bragg has no desire to contact the alleged victim.
The report indicated that the victim’s injuries were not severe.