President of Charlotte nonprofit on paid leave, accused of assaulting woman

President of Charlotte nonprofit on paid leave, accused of assaulting woman

CHARLOTTE, NC (WBTV) - The president and CEO of a Charlotte nonprofit has been placed on paid administrative leave after he was arrested on Friday for allegedly assaulting a female.

Patrick Graham, 47, was arrested around 2 a.m. on Friday morning and charged with an assault on a female. He was released from jail on a $2,500 bond around 4:30 p.m. Friday afternoon.

Graham is the president and CEO of Charlotte Works, a nonprofit that specializes in creating jobs. Officials say according to arrest information Graham was arrested at his residence after an arrest warrant was served on him.

The alleged incident happened at Graham's home on Elementary View Drive and involved a 46-year-old woman who is not related to Graham, according to official reports.

The official arrest warrant states Graham assaulted the victim "by placing [her] in a choke hold and striking [her] resulting in a busted lip."

On Wednesday, Charlotte Works announced that Graham has been placed on paid administrative leave due to the charges. The nonprofit's board of directors will "continue to monitor the situation as facts emerge," officials stated.

"The Charlotte Works Board of Directors has made the decision to place Patrick Graham on paid administrative leave. The Board will continue to monitor the situation as facts emerge.

The attorney representing Graham, Harold Cogdell Jr, released a statement on Monday.

Dr. Patrick Graham is deeply disappointed by recent false allegations made to law enforcement.  Dr. Graham did not assault his accuser.  The accuser and Dr. Graham share custody of a lovely child and he is heartbroken about the entire situation.

According to Charlotte Works' Facebook page, the nonprofit convenes and aligns "the workforce system through partnerships, policy and career pathways."

Graham was previously the head of another nonprofit in the Queen City, the Urban League of Central Carolinas.

Under his watch, Graham started a community bank and created new employment programs including HVAC training. He left his position with the Urban League of Central Carolinas in October 2016.

According to an article from QCityMetro, Graham had worked with the Urban League of Central Carolinas for nine years. Graham told QCityMetro that he was recommended for the position at Charlotte Works by people in the community.

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