Update: Charges against this officer were dropped Aug. 28.
A corrections officer with the Jacksonville Sheriff's Office was arrested Saturday after he reportedly pushed his pregnant ex-girlfriend, injuring her, according to JSO.
JSO said the suspect, Jarvis Brannon III, 22, was in a relationship with the victim, a civilian employee who is four months pregnant with his child. The two once lived together and were in the process of separating when the victim packed Brannon's belongings and told him to pick up the items at a location on the Westside.
When Brannon arrived, police said he refused to leave and got into an argument with the victim. At some point during the argument, JSO said Brandon pushed the victim, leaving her with bumps and bruises.
"He elected to lay his hands on her and that is beyond acceptable," JSO director Tom Hackney said.
She called the police, and Brannon was arrested and charged with battery and domestic violence on a pregnant female, according to JSO. He is not eligible for bond, JSO said.
Brannon resigned from his position upon the arrest, but JSO said steps would have been taken to fire him had he not resigned.
"A person who decides to do this, whether they're our employee or not, in my opinion, is a slimy little salamander that truly does not deserve to breathe the same air of freedom that we do," Hackney said.
"I'm more than happy that he is no longer our employee or able to make his way around in public," Hackney added.
Brannon was hired back in April 2016 and had some minor complaints over the years, Hackney said, including a Level 1 Reprimand in 2018. None of those complaints were connected to domestic violence, according to Hackney.
Brannon's arrest marks the third arrest of a JSO employee in 2019 and the first JSO domestic violence arrest since 2017, Hackney said.
Brannon's next court date is Sunday at 9 a.m.