SEMINOLE — A former candidate for City Council has been arrested and charged with a domestic violence related offense.
Pinellas County deputies arrested Thomas John Christy Sr., 62, of 11224 82nd Ave. N, Apt. 104 in Seminole on Wednesday and charged him with violating an injunction for protection against domestic violence, a misdemeanor. Christy was released Thursday afternoon on his own recognizance.
Christy declined to comment.
Details were a bit sketchy.
Largo police, who asked the Sheriff's Office to arrest Christy, declined to release the name of the victim or provide many details because it is still an open case. Police say Christy violated the injunction on Aug. 2 when he texted the victim, a Largo resident, this message: "Your keys are hanging on the mailbox. You're nuts. Stay away."
Pinellas civil court records show a Beverly Ann Logan filed a petition for a domestic injunction against Christy on May 14. The case type was listed as "domestic-dating violence." It was dismissed on May 23 when Logan failed to show up for a hearing.
Logan again filed for an injunction on July 29. Court records show that temporary injunction was served on Christy on Aug. 2, the day he is alleged to have sent the text message. A civil hearing on the injunction was scheduled for Thursday. It is unclear what the outcome of that hearing was.
Christy, who served on the Tonawanda, N.Y., City Council from 1990 to 1995, is a familiar face in Seminole politics. For several years, he was a regular at City Council meetings, often commenting on issues. He ran four times unsuccessfully for the council.
His last run, in March, was particularly contentious as he tangled with incumbents Thom Barnhorn and Jim Quinn, calling them names and alleging they were self-serving do-nothings.
When the smoke cleared, however, Barnhorn and Quinn had won decisive victories over Christy. Barnhorn collected 39.5 percent of the votes. Quinn took 36.9 percent. Christy was third with 16.4 percent.
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