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RCSO deputy faces family violence charge

COVINGTON — A Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been placed on paid administrative leave after he and his wife were arrested in Newton County on family violence charges.

Newton County Sheriff’s Office deputies were called to a home on Ivy Ridge Court about 1 a.m. Saturday when a woman called 911 and said her husband hit her in the head.

“The deputy arrived on location with another deputy and a supervisor,” said NCSO Sgt. Cortney Morrison. “They were advised by the male there that during a verbal altercation, his wife struck him in the head and he struck her back.”

The male, 26-year-old Chad Edward Stuarte, had visible bloody scratch marks to his head and redness to the face as a result of the physical assault, the incident report states.

Stuarte’s wife, Amanda Marie Stuarte, 24, told deputies that during the argument, she struck her husband in the head and he punched her more than once. She also had redness on her face and had swelling above her left eye, the NCSO reported.

“They were both taken into custody and charged with battery, family violence,” Morrison said.

RCSO Cpl. Michael Camp said on Wednesday that Stuarte has been employed with the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office since 2008 and has been a road deputy since 2010.

“Our Office of Professional Standards was immediately made aware of the situation and responded that night,” Camp said. “He was immediately placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation. He is still on paid administrative leave (as of Wednesday) and we expect this will be resolved soon.”