Florida law enforcement officers are often called out to intervene in domestic violence issues. Sometimes, they find themselves visiting the same home over and over when they have two people with volatile tempers living in the same household. Their job is to protect each individual from harm, even if it means arresting and charging someone with domestic battery or enforcing a restraining order.
However, law enforcement officers can often be hot-tempered themselves and are not exempt from sometimes finding themselves in domestic family situations. In St. Cloud, a 36-year-old police officer recently found himself in this scenario. He is now on administrative leave due to a volatile argument he and his wife had gotten into.
Allegedly, the argument was related to accusations from the officer’s wife that he was cheating. A domestic violence injunction was served to him on Friday evening. The following morning, he was arrested.
According to the news release, the accusations of cheating appear to have to do with a female police officer, who is currently on leave from the department and under investigation for sending inappropriate text messages and excessive phone calls while she was on duty. Another former officer has spoken out against the woman, accusing her of having an affair with her husband. The former officer was fired for fighting the woman, although her husband has been arrested on claims that he was stalking the other woman.
It appears the officer originally mentioned, who is now accused of domestic violence against his wife, has somehow been caught up in the drama that appears to be going on at his department. He has been with the department since 2011. The case is currently under an internal investigation pending any criminal charges.
This officer, like anyone else, is innocent until proven guilty. It is unclear what evidence is currently in play in this case, but charges of domestic assault or domestic battery are certainly not charges that anyone would want to remain on their record. If the officer can provide a good defense, he may be able to be cleared of these charges, keeping his reputation and his record intact.
Source: WFTV, “St. Cloud officer arrested on domestic violence charges after alleged argument with wife” No author given, Mar. 29, 2014