A San Quentin State Prison chaplain accused of choking his wife with an electrical cord will remain on duty pending the outcome of the investigation, a state spokeswoman said.

Rafeeq Hassan, 66, was arrested April 24 after an incident at his home on the prison grounds. Police determined that Hassan choked his wife with his hands and an electrical cord during an argument over "household issues," according to the sheriff's department.

Hassan, in a phone interview, said he was shaving at the time and was fending off his wife during a "ruckus."

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