The sergeant in charge of the Baltimore police Southern District's domestic violence unit was suspended with pay yesterday after being arrested on charges of assaulting his wife in their Pasadena home.
Anne Arundel County police charged Sgt. Gary F. White Sr., 49, with second-degree assault early Tuesday shortly after his wife was admitted to North Arundel Hospital.
Christina White, 37, told police her husband became angry because she was talking on the telephone at the couple's Fort Smallwood Road home. She told police he ripped the phone from her hand and sat on her. She was treated for bruises to her ear and shoulder and released.
White, a 27-year Baltimore police veteran, told Anne Arundel police that no fight occurred and that his wife was injured in an accident at work. He obtained a restraining order against his wife Tuesday, according to court documents.
White heads the Southern District's Major Crimes Unit and is directly responsible for the domestic violence unit. The unit investigates complaints and follows up with periodic checks on victims.
Sgt. Scott Rowe, a Baltimore police spokesman, said White will remain suspended until criminal proceedings and an internal investigation by the department are concluded.