Gov. McDonnell's former top aide arrested for assault

RICHMOND, VA (WWBT) - A former top aide to Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell has been arrested for assaulting a woman and violating a protective order.

Eric Finkbeiner, the former senior advisor for policy to Governor Bob McDonnell and the architect of the administration's failed effort to privatize the state's ABC stores, has been arrested on four different assault charges and three violations of a protective order.

All seven charges are misdemeanors and stem from a relationship with one woman, who is not his estranged wife.

Finkbeiner is being represented by Todd Stone, who says his client is not guilty of the charges. Stone says there is a "complete other side of the story" that will eventually come out in court.

Finkbeiner served in both the Wilder and Allen administrations before joining McGuireWoods Consulting. He is an attorney who served as executive director of Governor Allen's Commission on Parole Abolition and Sentencing Reform and advised Governor Allen on transportation, environmental, and anti-crime issues. Finkbeiner also served as communications director for Governor Douglas Wilder's Task Force on Violent Crime.

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