Richmond deputy charged with battery

Sunday, Sept. 12, 2010 7:21 PM
Last updated Monday, Sept. 13, 2010 8:13 AM
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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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Fawkes
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Fawkes 09/12/10 - 07:42 pm
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No domestic charge?

No domestic charge?

pommom38
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pommom38 09/12/10 - 07:51 pm
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Cop or no cop, he needs to

Cop or no cop, he needs to pay the price. A man laying his hands on a woman in any violent matter is sick and pathetic!! Same goes for a woman treating a man like that.

Waymore
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Waymore 09/12/10 - 08:59 pm
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It's not domestic unless they

It's not domestic unless they lived or formerly lived together. Did/do they, Fawkes?

lsmith
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lsmith 09/12/10 - 09:08 pm
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If he struck her they need to
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If he struck her they need to confiscate his badge and gun and send him packing. Even if he didn't strike her, it seems he lack the proper disposition for being a deputy.

FallingLeaves
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FallingLeaves 09/12/10 - 10:09 pm
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The operative word is: "If".

The operative word is: "If". No one has been convicted of anything, just charged.

anotherlook
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anotherlook 09/12/10 - 11:18 pm
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Waymore, in the state of

Waymore, in the state of Georgia, whether the parties resided together or not is not the determining factor when charging someone under the family violence statute. It is the relationship between the parties that is the determinng factor. As a former Family Violence Prevention Advocate, it is reassuring to know that Sheriff Strength is holding his officers to the same standards as the general public. There were several county sheriffs that didn't.

Waymore
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Waymore 09/12/10 - 11:23 pm
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If they charged him with

If they charged him with battery, then it's pretty much a given that he hit her.

Abby-noll
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Abby-noll 09/12/10 - 11:38 pm
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It isn't a complete given.

It isn't a complete given. Was she with him when the police arrived? Had she been with someone else? What exactly were her injuries? In my line of work I've learned there is no such thing as a "given". Probable cause is all they must show for a warrant. Is it probable that he did? Apparently so, but probable doesn't mean definitely. That's why we have judges and jury's.

flipa
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flipa 09/13/10 - 04:34 am
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Let's give this guy his day

Let's give this guy his day in court before we convict him... There is way too much summery judgment going on and not enough facts being allowed. Many pleadings you read about are forced because lawyers are expensive, something i've been working on solving for over 25 yrs and got an A on w/ the BBB.

laprince
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laprince 09/13/10 - 02:15 am
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Where are the section 8

Where are the section 8 comments now! Maybe his girl friend was on Section 8! Just a thought since every crime in Augusta seems to stem from Section 8.

bree026
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bree026 09/13/10 - 03:28 am
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In response to Pommom38...

In response to Pommom38... Amen.. I agree with you 100%......

nofrills
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nofrills 09/13/10 - 05:50 am
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Bottom line is he isnt found

Bottom line is he isnt found guilty of anything yet. This could be a scorned woman. I know i will be tagged a sexist but we all know woman don't handle rejection well. My dad use to have a sign in his office that read "Hell knows no fury like a womans scorn". Lets reserve judgement until all the facts are in and if he is guilty then we should demand his firing.

Waymore
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Waymore 09/13/10 - 06:59 am
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Another look, you need to

Another look, you need to read GA law, which applies here. It is very specific as to when Family Violence applies. Merely dating, or being engaged and living separately doesn't apply. The law is the law. (I should add that if they have a child together, then Family Violence applies). As an advocate, you should know the law. Abby-noll, what I am saying is, there has to be physical evidence to support a charge of battery. If there was no physical evidence, then the charge would have been simple battery.

corgimom
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corgimom 09/13/10 - 07:56 am
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Battery can mean touching

Battery can mean touching somebody on the arm or grabbing their wrist. Learn what the legal definition of battery is.

Cadence
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Cadence 09/13/10 - 08:26 am
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Actually, the stalking

Actually, the stalking provision allows for persons who do not have the typical domestic relationship. Also, family violence applies to siblings, parent and child, steps and steps, etc. They don't have to live together. It is an unusually flexible law and one which allows for unusual remedies. Sometimes makes for interesting hearings.

anotherlook
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anotherlook 09/13/10 - 08:28 am
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Waymore, I checked the

Waymore, I checked the Statute. Here it is: § 19-13-1. "Family violence" defined

As used in this article, the term "family violence" means the occurrence of one or more of the following acts between past or present spouses, persons who are parents of the same child, parents and children, stepparents and stepchildren, foster parents and foster children, or other persons living or formerly living in the same household:

(1) Any felony; or

(2) Commission of offenses of battery, simple battery, simple assault, assault, stalking, criminal damage to property, unlawful restraint, or criminal trespass.

The term "family violence" shall not be deemed to include reasonable discipline administered by a parent to a child in the form of corporal punishment, restraint, or detention.

HISTORY: Ga. L. 1981, p. 880, § 1; Ga. L. 1988, p. 1251, § 2; Ga. L. 1992, p. 1266, § 3; Ga. L. 1993, p. 1534, § 3.

You were right in the case that they were not living together, however if they were unmarried and never lived together but were parents of a child together ( and as you know this does happen) the relationship would allow the offender to be charged under the family violence statute. Moreover, if they were merely "room mates" and didn't have any other relationship, then an offender could also be charged under this statute according to the last statement.

Thanks for the opportuniy to bring clarity into what can somethimes be a murky situation.

urright
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urright 09/13/10 - 09:13 am
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corgi--you gave the

corgi--you gave the definition of simple battery. There must be visible physical injury for battery. YOU learn your legal definitions.

sueboo418
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sueboo418 09/13/10 - 09:56 am
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True urright!! corgi always

True urright!! corgi always THINKS she knows it all!! There must be something to it if he was arrested.

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 09/13/10 - 10:14 am
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Take it from someone who

Take it from someone who knows, resign because the review board is a joke, you're getting fired buddy!

AugustaVoter
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AugustaVoter 09/13/10 - 10:18 am
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Actually everyone, a Battery

Actually everyone, a Battery charge in the "State of Richmond County" is reserved for serious injuries. The RCSO doesn't use the charge for petty crimes.
"16-5-23.1. Battery
(a) A person commits the offense of battery when he or she intentionally causes substantial physical harm or visible bodily harm to another."

Abby-noll
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Abby-noll 09/13/10 - 10:17 am
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"Abby-noll, what I am saying

"Abby-noll, what I am saying is, there has to be physical evidence to support a charge of battery. If there was no physical evidence, then the charge would have been simple battery."

I didn't say there was no physical evidence... see also "probable cause" in my statement.

Corgi... you're almost correct. The charge for touching someone in an aggressive manner and not causing serious harm is simple battery. The charge of Battery is a step up from there and must cause some sort of substantial harm. That's the difference... the word substantial.

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