Sunday, October 04, 2009

Deputy Jeffrey Swartz Charged with Domestic Violence

A deputy with the Hernando County Sheriff's Office is accused of assaulting his wife.

Jeffrey P. Swartz, 34, was charged Saturday with domestic battery and placed on administrative leave, according to a sheriff's office report.

Swartz has been employed with the agency since April 2001 and is currently assigned as a District 2 detective.

Swartz had a "get together" at his residence in which alcoholic beverages were consumed, the report said.

An argument between Swartz and his wife took place, which turned into a physical altercation, the report stated.

Swartz pushed his wife onto the floor of their bedroom. Swartz then placed his arms around her neck, but she was able to break free, the report stated.

The deputy continued being aggressive and grabbed his wife's arms, which prevented her from moving them, the report stated. After breaking Swartz' grasp, she was able to call the sheriff's office for help, the report stated.

The wife sustained red marks on the front of her neck and right arm, which is consistent with her allegations, the report stated.

Swartz had red marks on his right arm. Neither Swartz nor the victim required medical attention, the report stated.

A witness who was at the residence during part of the battery said Swartz threw the victim to the bedroom floor, the report stated. Swartz was transported to the Hernando County Jail without incident.

Sgt. Donna Black, spokeswoman for the sheriff's office, declined to comment further about the case.

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