Trooper held after alleged domestic assault, placed on leave

BOXBOROUGH, Mass. — A State Police trooper has been charged with attempted strangulation and domestic abuse.

According to police, 45-year-old Trooper Robert Sundberg was taken into custody at his Boxborough home Saturday night.

State police say he has been with the department for 14 years and was relieved of duty. His department weapons, equipment, and identification have also been confiscated. On Monday it was announced that he was suspended without pay indefinitely.

Sundberg allegedly attacked his girlfriend Saturday morning in the apartment they shared. The victim said he choked her with his hands on her throat, and at one point, put her in a choke hold.

After the alleged assault, the victim waited until the suspect was asleep and left the apartment before reporting the assault to police.

In his first court appearance Monday, Sundberg was ordered held in jail until a dangerousness hearing on Wednesday.

FOX25 also learned in court that the victim is a Mass State Trooper. The couple has been dating for six years.

In addition to holding Sunderberg without bail pending a dangerousness hearing, the judge granted his girlfriend a one-year restraining order for her and her children.