SRSO Deputy arrested on felony child abuse charge

On Sept. 11, Santa Rosa County Sheriff’s deputies responded to a complaint concerning a child abuse incident.

According to a release by the sheriff’s office, the complaint involved Joshua White, a Santa Rosa deputy.  Supervisors and Detectives reviewed the allegations concerning the incident and determined there was sufficient probable cause to arrest the suspect on the charges of child abuse.

The police report states that White allegedly grabbed a four year old child by the neck and banged the child’s head on a hard surface multiple times with enough force to leave bruising on the child’s forehead.  The report also states that White invoked his right to counsel.  His arrest was made based on the findings of evidence and testimony of witnesses to the event.

The release states that White is charged with Third degree felony Child Abuse without great bodily harm.  His bond was set at $5,000.  White was also relieved of all law enforcement duties and was placed on Administrative leave as per Sheriff’s Office procedures.

According to the statement by the Sheriff’s Office, an internal investigation will ensue after criminal charges are concluded.  The suspension from duty will remain in effect until a complete and thorough administrative review is completed.

A social internet profile for White states that he has been with the Santa Rosa Sheriff’s Office for nearly eight years and had prior service as a Marine.

Further details will be provided as they become available.


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