Four months after authorities dropped a domestic battery charge against him after an argument with his wife, Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader has filed for divorce.
Schrader, 57, filed papers on April 30 against Julia Ashbrook Schrader, 56, who accused him on Feb. 3 of grabbing her arm against her will as she lay in her bed a day after an argument at their San Antonio home.
Pasco sheriff's deputies arrested Schrader, who spent a night in the county jail.
According to a sheriff's report, Schrader admitted grabbing his wife's arm in an effort to talk with her but said he did not abuse her.
Two weeks later, prosecutors dropped the charge after reviewing testimony from Mrs. Schrader.
Along with the divorce papers, Schrader's attorney filed a motion accusing Mrs. Schrader of taking out $80,000 from the couple's Wells Fargo account and asked a judge for an order to stop her from future withdrawals until assets could be divided fairly. Schrader's motion also asked that he be allowed to remain in the home.
Schrader also asked the court to appoint two experts, one to determine the value of the couple's real estate holdings and another to assess Mrs. Schrader's ability to find a job.
"She is a well-educated and employable individual and is currently not employed," wrote Ted Schrader's attorney, Daniel Dwyer, noting that she obtained a master's degree in architecture from the University of South Florida during the couple's 30-year marriage.
Mrs. Schrader's attorney, Marian McCullough, filed papers saying she expected to have a response on July 18.
Schrader did not return a phone call Tuesday, but he told the Tampa Bay Times in February that he planned to have his record expunged and "make some serious decisions" about his future.
McCullough also did not return phone calls Tuesday.
Circuit Judge Susan Gardner, who was assigned to the case, has not issued any orders so far, according to the file.
Schrader, a citrus grower and real estate investor, won a fourth term on the commission last year in a three-person GOP primary.