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Hernando sheriff's detention deputy quits after domestic battery arrest

The Hernando County Sheriff’s Office building at 18900 Cortez Blvd. in Brooksville. [DOUGLAS R. CLIFFORD | Times]
Published Apr. 30

A Hernando County Sheriff's Office detention deputy was arrested April 23 on a charge of domestic battery, according to the agency. Dolis Colvin, 27, resigned from the Sheriff's Office the next day.

The agency, however, did not release the name of the ex-deputy until April 25.

Deputies responded to reports of a disturbance at a home in Spring Hill just after 4:30 p.m. on April 23. Witnesses told them they saw Colvin push her husband during an argument.

According to an incident report released April 26, a roommate of Colvin's told deputies that Colvin and her husband — who are separated but live in the same home — argued about whether Colvin should take her children to visit family in Georgia. The roommate told a 911 dispatcher that she called for police because she feared the argument would get more physical, according to the report.

Afterward, the Sheriff's Office announced that a detention deputy had been arrested but declined to release Colvin's name, citing a state law that allows agencies to exempt certain information about law enforcement officers. The law allows agencies to withhold officers' addresses, phone numbers, dates of birth and photos, along with the names of the immediate family members. The agency originally declined to release Colvin's name because her husband is also a law enforcement officer.

After a lengthy roundtable involving Sheriff's Office officials — following several questions by the Tampa Bay Times — the agency decided to release Colvin's name, spokesperson Denise Moloney said.

The agency had "erred on the side of caution," she said, because Colvin requested an exemption, and the agency wanted to make sure it was following the law.

Officials eventually decided that releasing the name of the deputy was in the best interest of the Sheriff's Office.

"She did violate the oath she took, her honor," Moloney said, "and it does not place her in danger by releasing her information."

Colvin did not appear in Hernando County jail online records after her arrest because of her exemption request, Moloney said. The Sheriff's Office operates the jail.

The online jail record will not be retroactively updated to show Colvin's booking, Moloney said. That's because the design of the jail website does not allow for the display of certain information, such as an inmate's name, while blocking other information, such as a date of birth or booking photo — which, in Colvin's case, the Sheriff's Office is still withholding.

A record of Colvin's April 23 arrest did not appear in a search of online court records kept by the Hernando County Clerk of the Circuit Court until April 26. After every arrest, a file is created with the clerk's office that records the status of the case, all legal documents and its eventual disposition in court. County Clerk Doug Chorvat said his office received documents in the case on April 24 and finished putting them in the system on April 25, and normal delays in the system made them appear the morning of April 26.

The court record now shows she was held without bond for two days before posting $10 bond April 25. A public defender has been assigned to her case, and an arraignment is scheduled for May 15.

Court records found under Colvin's name also show that a person with the same last name on Wednesday filed for a protective injunction against her. A hearing in that case is scheduled for May 8.

Contact Jack Evans at Follow @JackHEvans.


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