Jail deputy charged with battery, accused of assaulting teen inmate

TAMPA — A Hillsborough County detention deputy got a taste of life behind bars Thursday when he was arrested and charged with battering a teenage inmate.

Sheriff David Gee ordered the criminal investigation after the incident was reported Wednesday by another deputy.

According to the Sheriff's Office, Deputy Joshua Spencer, 28, approached the teen's cell door at 12:40 a.m. in the Falkenburg Road Jail. Investigators said Sean Walker, 16, spat on Spencer and another deputy through the cell's meal slot.

Spencer charged inside, knocked Walker to the floor and punched him five times in the back of the head, authorities said. Other deputies restrained Spencer and took the teen to have a 1-inch gash on the back of his head examined. Doctors determined there was no major injury.

The Middleton High School student is still in jail on robbery charges. His bail is set at $7,500.

Spencer was charged with misdemeanor battery and felony official misconduct, and has been released on $2,500 bail. He is on administrative leave without pay pending termination, according to a sheriff's news release.

Officials said they are conducting an administrative investigation of the actions of the other deputies present.

Jail deputy charged with battery, accused of assaulting teen inmate 05/14/09 [Last modified: Friday, May 15, 2009 12:25am]

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