Deputy fired after domestic assault arrest

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Posted: Jan 3, 2013 6:35 PM by Russell Jones
Source: East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office

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BATON ROUGE - The East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office fired a veteran detective today after they arrested him in suspicion of beating his girlfriend.

EBRSO Spokesperson Casey Rayborn Hicks said deputies arrested Michael Abernathy, 35, today on the charge of domestic abuse battery.

Abernathy worked at the sheriff's office for the past 13 years, most recently as a Burglary and Armed Robbery detective. He also worked in the parish prison and uniform patrol.

Hicks said deputies were told yesterday that Abernathy beat his live-in girlfriend during an incident in December when he had been drinking. Detectives found several bruises on the victim's body which corroborated her statements.

Abernathy was fired today, and will be booked into the parish prison this evening.

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