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Pasco school official charged with domestic battery

NEW PORT RICHEY — One of the Pasco County school district's investigators into employee wrongdoing was arrested over the weekend on charges of domestic battery and simple assault.

Employee relations supervisor Bryan Jack, 41, was arrested Saturday by the Pasco County Sheriff's Office and released on $200 bail, Sheriff's Office reports state.

He has been suspended from his position, which also includes leading contract negotiations with the district's non-instructional employees, pending the outcome of the investigation, district spokeswoman Summer Romagnoli said.

The arrest report says Jack and his wife, Fivay High assistant principal Cindy Jack, were arguing at 2:10 a.m. Saturday when Jack, who had been drinking, tried to leave the house with his 15-year-old daughter.

Cindy Jack attempted to keep the girl in the house to prevent Jack from driving with her, and locked her husband out of the house. He broke down the door leading from the garage to the house and came back inside, the report said.

Cindy Jack locked herself in a bedroom and her two sons, ages 16 and 18, confronted Jack, who threatened them with a kitchen chair, the arrest report said. He backed down when the boys said they would stop him physically.

Then Jack ran upstairs and broke down the bedroom door, grabbing Cindy Jack violently and bruising her arm, the report said. He threatened to kill her if she reported what had happened, and then left the house with his daughter, the report states.

A deputy later arrested Jack at a friend's home. The report states that Jack said he was arguing with his wife about his children going back to visit their mother. He said Cindy Jack had talked about divorcing him.

He said he had broken the doors about two weeks earlier, and acknowledged picking up a chair but said it was to defend himself and that he never hit anyone with it.

Jack, who has been with the Pasco school district since 2006, handles investigations into employee misconduct such as when a teacher has a DUI or when a school bus driver is accused of texting behind the wheel.

Union negotiations will continue as scheduled, with someone else from the Employee Relations staff taking over the lead.

Jeffrey S. Solochek can be reached at solochek@sptimes.com or (813) 909-4614. For more education news, visit the Gradebook at www.tampabay.com/blogs/gradebook.

Pasco school official charged with domestic battery 08/08/11 [Last modified: Monday, August 8, 2011 9:02pm]
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