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Law student pepper sprayed and Tasered at hospital after arrest on assault charge

ST. PETERSBURG — A Stetson University College of Law student and paralegal at a local firm was hit with pepper spray and Tasered at Edward White Hospital on Sunday after he was arrested on an earlier assault charge.

John H. Moran, 26, is charged with resisting an officer with violence, battery on a law enforcement officer, assault and battery and is being held at the Pinellas County Jail in lieu of $10,400 bail.

Moran spit blood on police officer Daniel Godsall while he was restrained in the emergency room. Moran struck Godsall in the face while proclaiming that he had AIDS, HIV and hepatitis, police said.

Moran continued to kick at officers as he was doused with pepper spray and subdued with a Taser, police said.

Moran was already under arrest for an earlier incident at Starbucks. Moran entered the coffee shop at 199 1st Ave. N shirtless and bloody, then knocked over a table reaching for a child in a stroller, witnesses said. The child's mother stepped between them and Moran grabbed her by the arm, witnesses said. Moran fled after being yelled at by the mother and was later arrested at BayWalk.

Moran had just begun working at Keefe Law Group in St. Petersburg and was moving from Tarpon Springs, said firm owner Ken Keefe. Moran had answered an ad Keefe placed at Stetson for a "summer associate." He will not be allowed to return, Keefe said.

"I knew he was having some personal issues as he was moving from Tarpon Springs, kind of getting the lay of the land," Keefe said. "Obviously, that's all changed."

Law student pepper sprayed and Tasered at hospital after arrest on assault charge 08/10/09 [Last modified: Monday, August 10, 2009 9:06pm]
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