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Facebook post leads to domestic battery charge for Pasco man


Published:   |   Updated: August 16, 2013 at 05:08 PM

ODESSA — A 26-year-old man faces a domestic battery charge after he was accused of shoving his girlfriend into a bathroom countertop during an argument over a Facebook posting, the Pasco County Sheriff’s Office reported.

Joseph Robert Starling of 14422 Grafton Lane was arrested Thursday morning and taken to the Land O’ Lakes Jail, where he was being held without bail.

Starling and his girlfriend, Stephanie Russo, have lived together for about four months, the arrest report said. On Thursday morning, she confronted him about a Facebook posting, and he became angry, pushing her into the countertop, the report said.

A deputy who investigated the incident reported Russo was in pain and had bruising, redness and scrape marks on her right forearm, but declined medical treatment.

The arrest report did not say what was on the Facebook post.

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