A Libertarian Party candidate for Congress was arrested in Madison on Tuesday afternoon after police said he violated a Sauk County court order forbidding contact with his family.
Kevin Barrett, 49, turned himself in and was released from the Dane County Jail after posting $500 cash bail, according to authorities.
On Friday, Barrett was charged with disorderly conduct in Sauk County Circuit Court after being accused of hitting his 13-year-old son at home on the morning of the Sept. 9 3rd District Libertarian primary, which he won.
His wife, Fatna Bellouchi, also obtained a temporary restraining order against Barrett.
Barrett won the Libertarian primary and will challenge Democratic incumbent Ron Kind in the 3rd Congressional District.
A Madison police complaint said that on Saturday, Barrett came too close to the residence in the 500 block of South Randall Street where his wife and two sons, 13 and 11 years old, were staying and violated the restraining order. Bellouchi said Barrett came over and drove away the couple's car, which was parked outside the residence, police said.
Rolf Lindgren, Barrett's campaign manager, Tuesday said there was no harm in Barrett getting his car. "He never had any contact with anybody," Lindgren said. "He never put anybody in danger ... . It's easy to get people arrested in this country if you want to."
Lindgren said Barrett's wife was trying to sabotage his campaign. "It's just some sort of bizarre publicity stunt," he said.
According to Sauk County court records, Barrett was sleeping on the morning of the primary and became upset with household noise, chasing his older son out of the house in the town of Spring Green and striking him on his back.
Barrett said the charges that he struck his son are "completely, 100 percent false." He said he has no previous criminal convictions, but his wife has faced abuse charges twice. A review of Wisconsin's online court records finds two misdemeanor criminal counts of disorderly conduct filed in 2005 and 2006 against Barrett's wife.
Barrett grabbed headlines in 2006 when he taught a class at UW-Madison that included discussion of his theory that the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorist attacks were a government conspiracy.