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River Ridge High School teacher is accused of hitting Pasco deputy

A River Ridge High School teacher hit, poked and pulled the hair of a Pasco County Sheriff's Office deputy Saturday while being investigated for attacking her husband, deputies reported.

Maryann Verdi, listed as a literacy coach, began arguing with her husband, Christopher Verdi, at their home around 5:30 p.m., and when he tried to leave, Verdi, 39, began throwing things at him, the report states. She said they were only cotton balls. He was not hurt.

A deputy met with Verdi at her brother's home in New Port Richey, the report states. During her brother's interview with a deputy, Verdi walked outside saying, "I will hit the deputy," before grabbing a wooden rack and scraping a deputy's right arm.

During her arrest, she poked the deputy in the eye and pulled her hair, the report said. She was charged with domestic battery, battery on law enforcement and resisting an officer with violence.

During her ride to the Land O'Lakes jail, she said she was sorry and offered to pay the deputy's medical bills, the report said.

Verdi was released Sunday afternoon on $4,250 bail.

River Ridge High School teacher is accused of hitting Pasco deputy 03/29/10 [Last modified: Monday, March 29, 2010 8:33pm]
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