Police domestic violence investigator arrested, charged in assault of wife

March 01, 2000|By Tim Craig | Tim Craig,SUN STAFF

The head of a Baltimore police domestic violence unit was arrested and charged with second-degree assault early yesterday after an alleged domestic dispute with his wife in their Pasadena home.

The Baltimore Police Department will hold a suspension hearing today for Sgt. Gary F. White Sr., a 27-year veteran of the force. He heads the Southern District's unit that investigates domestic violence complaints.

White, 49, was arrested after his wife was admitted to North Arundel Hospital with bruises to her shoulder and ear, said Charles Ravenell, an Anne Arundel County Police Department spokesman.

Ravenell said Christina White, 37, told Anne Arundel police at the hospital that she was lying on the couch talking on the phone when her husband ripped the phone from her hand. "She said he thought she was talking to another boyfriend," Ravenell read from the police report.

She attempted to get off the couch when the phone struck her in the ear, but White sat on her, the report says.

An officer at the hospital reportedly observed "a faint red mark" on Christina White's back.

Police then went to the couple's home on Fort Smallwood Road about 3 a.m., where White told the officers no fight had occurred and that his wife was injured in an accident at work, Ravenell said.

White, 49, was arrested and transported to the Anne Arundel County detention center. He was released a short time later on his own recognizance.

White's police powers were suspended yesterday, pending the result of today's hearing, said a Baltimore police spokesman.

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