Make us your home page

Today’s top headlines delivered to you daily.

(View our Privacy Policy)

Pasco deputies say man washed out girlfriend's mouth with soap

HUDSON John Vincent Caruso told deputies his parents used to wash out his mouth with soap when he swore. So when his girlfriend kept cursing on Tuesday evening, Caruso said, he reached for the bottle of dish soap.

The two had been arguing at their home on Mary Lou Drive. The girlfriend said Caruso was trying to tell her what to do. Caruso, 26, told her to be quiet and threatened to put soap in her mouth, according to a Pasco County Sheriff's Office report.

A few minutes later, the report said, he came up behind her, stuck a bottle of dish soap in her mouth and squeezed the bottle, sending soap into her mouth and down her shirt. The girlfriend went to her mother's house and called the Sheriff's Office.

Caruso told deputies he had warned her three times to stop cursing so as not to wake the couple's two sleeping children. He said "that's what his parents used to do to him," and even now he does it to himself "out of respect for his parents," the report said.

Caruso was charged with domestic battery and remained Wednesday at the Land O'Lakes jail without bail.

Pasco deputies say man washed out girlfriend's mouth with soap 09/26/12 [Last modified: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 7:10pm]
Photo reprints | Article reprints

© 2017 Tampa Bay Times


Join the discussion: Click to view comments, add yours

  1. Ranking Malik Zaire among 2017's top transfer quarterbacks


    The Florida Gators' Malik Zaire is among many transfers who could become starters at their new school. Here's how he stacks up in our rankings of top transfer quarterbacks:

  2. Video shows giant humpback whale breaching right off side of boat


    A man filmed a whale breaching really close to his boat in a video that has gone viral.

    A giant whale breached right next to a boat in the waters off New Jersey last week. It was captured on video.
  3. Next up in Bucs renovations? A $20 million indoor practice facility


    Renderings of the Bucs' new indoor practice facility (Courtesy of the Bucs)
  4. Want to feel old? It's been 20 years since the first 'Harry Potter' was published


    He was so cute: Blond hair, blue eyes and a killer smile. He was dressed in a black robe with a fake scar on his forehead and regaling our fifth-grade class with his book report on Harry Potter and the Prisoner of Azkaban. As a 10-year-old with only the most sophisticated of tastes (give me a Baby-Sitters Club any day), …

    An auctioneer holds a first edition copy of the first Harry Potter book "Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone" containing annotations and illustrations by author J.K. Rowling. The tale has turned 20,  published in Britain on June 26, 1997. Since then, it has sold more than 450 million copies worldwide and has been translated into 79 languages. (Associated Press [2013])
  5. Dunedin selects Jennifer Bramley as its next city manager

    Local Government

    DUNEDIN — In a unanimous vote Monday, the City Commission chose Jennifer Bramley as the next city manager.

    Jennifer Bramley, 52, was selected Monday as Dunedin's new city manager. She currently works as deputy city manager for the city of Coral Springs. [Photo courtesy of Jennifer Bramley]