Santa Rosa deputy arrested

In a press release issued by Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s Office, Public Information Officer Rich Aloy announced that a Santa Rosa deputy has been arrested.

Detention Deputy Sgt. Ovando Vincente Blankenship was arrested and charged by Sheriff’s Office Detectives today after reviewing an incident which occurred on April 21.

In that incident, according to the release, a juvenile was arrested and brought to the facility for processing. He was to be processed and taken to the Department of Juvenile Justice in Pensacola. During processing, Blankenship used inordinate force to place the juvenile into a cell and falsified his report of the incident. However, video obtained by the Sheriff’s detectives varied in detail from Blankenship’s official report of the incident.

A warrant for Blankenshp’s arrest was issued and he was arrested at the Sheriff’s Office.

The investigation is still ongoing. Blankenship has been charged with cruelty towards a child and falsifying official documents. Both charges are third degree felonies. Bond was set at $15,000.

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