EAST PROVIDENCE, R.I. (WPRI) — An East Providence police sergeant was arrested in Rehoboth last week after he was accused of assaulting a family member, 12 News has learned.

East Providence Police Chief Christopher Francesconi said Sgt. Stephen Evans has been charged with simple assault and battery on a family member.

Evans is currently suspended with pay pending the outcome of the investigation, the chief added.

Court documents obtained by 12 News revealed Evans was arrested following an altercation with a family member who claimed he had hit her and pinned her against a wall.

The family member told officers that Evans’ demeanor “had shifted since his recent promotion to the rank of sergeant,” according to court documents.

Evans, on the other hand, claimed the family member attacked him first while he was playing video games.

Evans’ attorney, Daniel Griffin, told 12 News his client is “innocent of any wrongdoing.”

“He is a highly respected member of law enforcement, not just in East Providence, but throughout the state,” Griffin said in a statement. “He looks forward to his name being cleared and putting this all behind him.”