Leon County Deputy Arrested, Fired


TALLAHASSEE - A Leon County sheriff's deputy was arrested and fired Saturday after being charged with child abuse and leading colleagues on a high-speed pursuit with his children in the car, the Leon County Sheriff's Office said.

Authorities were called to the deputy's home about 3 a.m. Saturday after receiving a report of domestic abuse, said Sgt. Chris Chase, spokesman for the Sheriff's Office.

When deputies arrived on the scene, their co-worker fled with his children, Chase said.

Chase declined to release the deputy's name, citing an exemption in Florida's public records laws regarding the release of information that might reveal a victim of child abuse.

"One of the children had been maliciously battered," Chase said.

Authorities followed the man across three counties before he eventually surrendered, he said. After the man was charged, Chase said the Sheriff's Office started its internal investigation and quickly fired the man.

The deputy faces charges of aggravated child abuse, two counts of child abuse, aggravated fleeing and eluding and reckless driving, Chase said. He was being held without bond in Leon County Jail on Saturday.

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