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Dawson County detention officer on leave after arrest, charged with battery
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Richard Anthony.

A Dawson County detention officer has been placed on administrative leave after he was arrested for allegedly assaulting his wife over the weekend.


Richard Anthony, 45, of Woodstock was arrested Dec. 2 in Cherokee County on a battery charge after a family member called to report a domestic dispute between Anthony and his wife the night before, according to an incident report from the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office.


According to the report, the family member stated over the phone that Anthony assaulted his wife the night of Dec. 1, leaving visible injuries and marks. A CCSO deputy responded to the home the morning of Dec. 2 to check on the victim, who stated she got into a verbal argument with Anthony, which escalated and turned physical when Anthony grabbed her right arm and “placed her into an ‘arm bar’ and forced her to the ground.”


The victim stated that having her arm grabbed and twisted caused pain, bruising and swelling in her forearm.


The officer wrote that the victim admitted the pair were having marital issues and that she stated Anthony had been drinking when the altercation occurred.She also stated that Anthony was apologetic for his actions and gave her ice and ibuprofen to help with the swelling.


The report states that victim was able to provide pictures of bruises and injuries to her arm that she claimed she received by her husband in previous altercations.


“During the investigation it was determined that the female was a victim of family violence battery and there was probable cause for the arrest,” the incident report reads.


Jay Baker, director of communications for the Cherokee County Sheriff’s Office, said Monday that Anthony was arrested on one charge of battery and remains in custody without bond.


Dawson County Sheriff Jeff Johnson said Monday that Anthony, who currently holds the rank of Sergeant, was hired as a detention officer on June 8, 2015.


“As of (Dec. 2) he has been placed on administrative leave pending the results of an internal investigation,” Johnson said.


This story will be updated.