ROYAL PALM BEACH — The mayor of Royal Palm Beach, Frederick Pinto, was arrested on Monday afternoon on charges of domestic battery after a “heated argument” with his wife during which she called 911.
Pinto, 67, was ordered by Circuit Judge Dina Keever-Agrama to not have any physical contact the alleged victim.
The mayor, who denies physically assaulting his wife, was released on his own recognizance from the Palm Beach County jail yesterday after spending the night behind bars.
“Did you strike your wife?” Pinto was asked by a reporter today.
“I did not strike my wife. Absolutely not. That was not the situation at all,” he said.
“Unfortunately, my wife and I, we got into a little bit of a heated argument yesterday morning and she called 911. The responding officer felt that we both needed a cooling off period and I was taken into custody for the night.
“In the morning though, my wife and I both appeared before the judge and we explained what had transpired and I was released and I’m now back home with my wife and we’re together and we’re moving forward from here,” he added.
“You have to recognize this is a private matter and I’d like to not go any further because I’d like to have some privacy for my family. This has nothing to do with my job as mayor. This is my personal life and a personal matter between me and my wife.”
We’ll see if the judge agrees.
Bob Markey II, a Royal Palm Beach resident, questioned on Facebook whether Pinto should step down or be removed from his post by the governor.
According to his Royal Palm Beach profile, “Mayor Fred Pinto was born and raised in Harlem, New York. He graduated from Fordham University with a BS degree in Business Administration and the United States Army, Command and General Staff College, and is a retired Lieutenant Colonel.
“He served as a Technology Executive for several Wall Street investment banking firms, including Salomon Brothers, JP Morgan, and Lehman Brothers, and a Software Development firm, Memco Inc. and is currently a Technology and Business Consultant.”
Pinto succeeded Mayor Matty Mattioli, 88, in the March 2016 election. He will be arraigned on December 11.