DADE CITY — Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader took the gavel as usual before Tuesday morning's board meeting, a day after he was released from the county jail following a domestic battery charge. He issued a brief statement immediately after the meeting began:
"Before we start I'd like to take a few minutes to apologize for the recent events that occurred during the last few days. I'd like to apologize to my wife and to my family for any embarrassment I might have caused." He then apologized to his colleagues and to the citizens, "whom I have the utmost respect for."
He called his arrest "a personal and private matter" that should be handled accordingly.
Schrader, 57, was arrested Sunday night after his wife, Julia, told deputies that on Saturday morning he had grabbed her arm and leg while she lay in bed, causing three bruises that were a half-inch in diameter, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report. The confrontation happened after the Schraders, who have been married 30 years, had argued on Friday night, the report said.
Schrader spent the night at the Land O'Lakes jail and posted $250 bail on Monday. At Mrs. Schrader's request, the judge imposed an order barring Ted Schrader from staying at the couple's San Antonio home or having any contact with his wife.