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Former Pinellas detention deputy accused of beating woman

DUNEDIN — A former Pinellas County Jail detention deputy faces felony charges after authorities say he beat, raped and used a liquor bottle to sexually assault a woman.

Scott Lee Malham, 53, of Dunedin was charged Thursday with two counts of sexual battery and one count of aggravated battery in connection with the May 31 incident.

On that day, according to an arrest affidavit, Malham dragged the woman out of a car and into a house by her hair.

Authorities say he punched and bit the woman, bruising her arms, legs, hips, breast and face and causing her left eye to swell shut. The woman's eardrums also were ruptured in the attack and a clump of her hair was found clinging to Malham's pants, reports show.

A domestic battery inquiry was forwarded to the Pinellas-Pasco State Attorney's Office, which decided charges were warranted, a sheriff's spokeswoman said. She said Malham's attorney accompanied him as he turned himself in Thursday. He was released on $120,000 bond.

Malham worked for the Sheriff's Office for 16 years, officials said. He retired in May, two days before the incident.

Former Pinellas detention deputy accused of beating woman 06/29/12 [Last modified: Friday, June 29, 2012 5:52pm]

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