“An off-duty Texas sheriff’s deputy was arrested Monday on a domestic violence charge, according to the sheriff’s office.
The Bexar County deputy, Michael DeWitt, was arrested by San Antonio police at about 6:10 a.m. after he allegedly assaulted the victim by choking or strangulating them. He was booked into the Bexar County Jail on a $3,500 bond.
DeWitt is at least the 22nd Bexar deputy arrested in 2018.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Office’s Internal Affairs division is conducting a separate but concurrent investigation into DeWitt’s alleged misconduct.
“I’ve made my stance perfectly clear on this issue,” said Sheriff Javier Salazar. “Proactively since September 2018 we have included family violence training during our annual in-service with Family Violence Prevention Services Inc. for this purpose. This case will be handled as swiftly and severely as allowable by civil service and the collective bargaining agreement.”
According to the sheriff’s office, DeWitt, 51, is assigned to the Law Enforcement Bureau Patrol Services division. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
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DeWitt, a 19-year veteran of the sheriff’s office, was previously arrested in 1995 for alleged drag racing, but the charge was later dropped due to insufficient evidence.
The arrested deputy is at least the 22nd deputy arrested in 2018. This year, Salazar has made efforts to curb behavioral issues in his office. He’s added a staff psychologist to identify at-risk deputies, and he updated the job application requirements for deputies to reject anyone who has previously been arrested for a crime”