Shoar Terminates And Files Charges On Deputy Involved In Recent Beating
St. Johns County Sheriff David Shoar on Thursday withdrew the commission of Deputy Anthony DeLeo, ending his employment with the Sheriff’s Office. Shoar also filed a criminal charge of aggravated battery, a second-degree felony, against DeLeo for his use of force against Christopher Butler on Dec. 29.
After DeLeo hit and kicked Butler, minimal effort was made to handcuff Butler, according to a warrant affidavit.
“Based on the actions of (DeLeo), the gratuitous amount of force applied and the extent of injuries sustained by the victim; probable cause was established for the charge of aggravated battery,” the warrant affidavit stated.