This is Vincent Chowdhury.
Vincent is a busy man. He’s got place to go and people to see, and doesn’t have time for the small stuff. He has people for that.
Mr. Chowdhury has a good reputation for being and upstanding insurance agent as well as an elected member of the Jefferson County Board of Education. Mr. Chowdhury is also married to a teacher for Jefferson County Schools and has two children. He also has begun a Democratic primary campaign for House District 22.
On the 17th of June, 2008 Vincent Chowdhury came home at 9:40 at night. He was tired from a long day at the office.
Vincent Chowdhury pulled into his driveway and began honking the horn, hoping for his wife or 16 year old daughter to hear and to come open the garage door for his highness to pull into.
Well they had some nerve – he had to wait for two minutes.
Once Vincent Chowdhury finally got inside his home, upset, he asked him wife and daughter why had they not responded to his beckons faster? His wife, Katherine, responded that she had not heard him at first and was apologetic for the obvious inconvenience. He then turned to his daughter who also replied that she was sorry. Well, sorry wasn’t good enough, especially when its delivered with teenage attitude!
Vince began slapping his daughter whom, he said, needed to learn respect and not mouth off to her father. She, like most people who don’t like to be slapped around, tried to get away from her father. This only angered Mr. School Board even further.
According to his daughter, Vincent Chowdhury then grabbed her by the throat with both of his hands and began choking her. The whole time this is going on, his wife Katherine is screaming and pleading for him to let go and not to hurt the girl. Vincent Chowdhury threatened his wife with “Shut up or you’re next!”
Luckily this mother was not going to let someone strangle and kill her daughter. She fought with Vince until she was able to release his hands from the girl’s throat. Once she was free, she told her daughter to run upstairs, lock herself in the bathroom and not to come out until police had arrived.
Katherine then, afraid for her own safety as well, secured herself in the kitchen and called 911.
Officers arriving at the scene found a flustered Vince at the front door telling them everything was OK, and they didn’t need to come in.
The officers disagreed with him and thought maybe it was worth a look. After a little work, the officers were able to coax the teenager downstairs. It was immediately apparent that the girl was quite shaken up. The red marks all over her face and neck provided the reason why.
Confronted by the evidence, Vincent Chowdhury decided to fess up. He told officers that he just “lost it” when his family didn’t respond to his honking. He admitted to slapping the girl, but denied choking her. He was arrested and pled guilty to 3rd-degree misdemeanor assault on the 8th of July, 2008 – the same day the school board had planned a ceremony in his honor.
Needless to say, Mr. Chowdhury didn’t make the event.
Vincent Chowdhury has been released on a one year deferred judgment on the basis that he will not go near his wife or children for one year as well as attend anger management and parenting classes.
The school board has unanimously voted to request Chowdhury’s resignation. While they wanted it by the 25th of July, he has not responded to their letters – and they can’t force him out, because the charge wasn’t a felony.
Vincent Chowdhury’s name has also already been printed on the House District 22 ballot set for primary vote in August. He has said that he is not focusing on his political career at the moment as he has “had some legal issues come up.” He has said that he will leave it up to the people to decide.
According to just about everyone you ask on the street, its pretty much the consensus that someone with these kinds of anger management problems probably shouldn’t be representing the parents and students of Jefferson County. But maybe the classes he will receive will help him to realize that choking and slapping your kids isn’t the best way to earn their respect.
Does Vincent Chowdhury deserve Hell?
- No (54%, 135 Votes)
- Yes (46%, 114 Votes)
Total Voters: 249
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