Last week, Arizona Cardinals cheerleader Megan Welter was celebrated in the news as an Iraq war veteran who fulfilled her dream of dancing with pompoms; this week, Scottsdale police arrested her on suspicion of assaulting her boyfriend because of texts he received from an ex, police say.
Welter, 29, who served 16 months in Iraq, is being charged with disorderly conduct, criminal damage and assault.
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Around 3:15 in the morning on July 20, she confronted him about a text from his ex-girlfriend which, according to a conversation caught on police video, was a picture of a dog.
The boyfriend says he had texted back his ex, "Are you trying to turn me on with your dog?"
Welter later called 911, saying she asked her boyfriend to leave her home, and that he had slammed her head into the tile floor and choked her.
When police arrived, a police recording shows, Welter repeatedly whispered to an officer, "Please get him out," referring to the boyfriend.
In the video, the officer calls for the boyfriend and tells him to sit on the ground. The boyfriend begs the officer to watch a cell phone video -- and Welter's account of being assaulted falls apart.
The video shows a woman, who appears to be Welter, screaming and clawing at the boyfriend's head.
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"Really? Really? Are you trying to turn me on with your dog?" she mocks him in the video.
The arresting officer found no markings or signs of abuse on Welter's body or neck, according to Scottsdale police.
Based on the video evidence, the officer arrested Welter.