Richmond deputy charged with battery

A Richmond County sheriff's deputy was arrested and charged with battery early Saturday morning, Sheriff Ronnie Strength confirmed Sunday.

Deputy Raymond Gash, who has been with the department since 2007, allegedly grabbed and struck a former girlfriend in her vehicle after she agreed to give him a ride home from a Washington Road club, the sheriff said.

The sheriff's office investigated the incident and decided to arrest Gash, who is suspended from work without pay, Strength said.

"We're no different from anybody else; we have to stay within the same guidelines," the sheriff said.

The incident will go before the sheriff's office review board, "and a decision will be made about his future with us," Strength said.

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