An Alachua County sheriff’s deputy accused of grabbing his wife and destroying her laptop computer was arrested on a domestic battery charge Sunday night, an arrest report said.
Robert Joel Behl, 47, a sergeant, was placed on administrative leave while both criminal and internal investigations are underway, according to a sheriff’s office press release.
The incident occurred about 11 p.m. Sunday. Behl’s wife went to a neighborhood New Year’s Eve party without Behl because the two had been arguing, the arrest report said.
She returned about 30 minutes later, poured a fresh drink and began typing on her laptop on the couch. She reportedly made disparaging remarks about Behl, who grabbed the laptop in retaliation and threw it across the patio outside.
Behl allegedly came back in the house, got his alcoholic drink, grabbed his wife and poured his drink — and then hers — down her shirt.
The wife called 911. She showed the deputy her destroyed laptop. The report also noted that the woman had a moist shirt and pants. The couch and table where she was sitting were wet.
Behl did speak about the incident, the report said. He was arrested and taken to the Alachua County Jail.
Behl was hired in 1996 and was assigned to the court security bureau.