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Pasco prison guard charged with domestic battery


A Pasco County prison guard was arrested early Saturday after slapping his ex-wife during an argument about their child, according to the Pasco Sheriff’s Office.

Geoffrey Laurent Linder, 39, of Wesley Chapel, is charged with domestic battery and driving under the influence. He is employed at the Zephyrhills Correctional Institution, 2739 Gall Blvd.

About midnight on Friday, Linder and his ex-wife were arguing outside of the Quail Hallow clubhouse, his ex-wife told deputies.

Linder’s former wife said her ex-husband was upset she had their child at the clubhouse, which he called a bar.

During the argument, Linder attempted to pull the child from his ex-wife’s arms, an arrest report said. When the child refused to let go, Linder slapped his ex-wife on the left side of her face, she told deputies, an arrest report said. The arrest report did not give the child’s age.

Linder’s 2012 Chevy Camaro was pulled over near the intersection of State Road 54 and Oakley Boulevard a short time later. He denied hitting his ex-wife, but deputies said he showed signs of being impaired with glassy, bloodshot eyes, slurred speech and swaying as he stood, the report said.

After performing poorly during a field sobriety test and registering a .144 and .141 blood alcohol content breath samples, he was arrested.

A driver in Florida is considered impaired with a .08 BAC.

A Florida Department of Corrections spokesperson said Linder, who was hired in 2005, remains employed and has not been placed on leave or suspended. He will face a disciplinary process in which it will be determined if any action should be pursued, she said.

This is not Linder’s first arrest in Pasco County.

He was arrested in 2009 for disorderly conduct and resisting arrest without violence. Linder was released five hours after that arrest after positing a $150 bond.

Linder was arrested again in 2011 and charged with simple battery and making harassing phone calls. He was released the same day after positing a $150 bond.

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