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Deputy involved in domestic violence incident
"No formal charges have yet been filed against Kitsap County Sheriff Deputy Frank Jermy, 41, who allegedly assaulted his wife, a former chief deputy coroner for the county, last Sunday.Even so, Jermy is reportedly being held in Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $25,000 bail pending an investigation into felony domestic violence charges by a King County special deputy prosecutor. As of press time, Jermy hadn't yet posted bail.Chris Casad, the case management division chief for the Kitsap County Prosecutor's Office, said Jermy appeared in Kitsap County Superior Court Thursday afternoon.Casad said that although no charges were filed this week, probable cause was established to justify retaining Jermy until his arraignment hearing, scheduled for 3 p.m. Oct. 31.According to the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, Jermy allegedly grabbed his wife Jane by the throat and pushed her onto a bed in their South Kitsap home last Sunday morning.Deputies who responded to a 911 call from Jermy's 43-year-old wife arrested Jermy upon arrival, said Kitsap County Undersheriff Dennis Bonneville. Bonneville said deputies noticed bruising around Jane Jermy's neck, although she didn't require hospitalization. Bonneville said the couple's two minor children were present during the alleged domestic violence incident.It would be terribly inappropriate to hold Jermy at the Kitsap County Jail since he is a deputy here and has dealt with the corrections officers and their clientele, said Bonneville, explaining why Jermy was shipped off to Jefferson County on Oct. 25. Bonneville said officials reportedly first transported Jermy to Harrison Memorial Hospital on Sunday, for an undisclosed medical reason.The alleged incident occurred while Jermy had been on unpaid leave by virtue of the Family Medical Leave Act, according to Bonneville, but wouldn't elaborate citing employer-employee confidentiality concerns.To negate any conflict-of-interest questions, Bonneville said King County law enforcement officials were asked to investigate the case and detectives on Wednesday finished questioning Jermy.If Jermy is charged with a felony on Tuesday, the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office, per policy, could suspend him without pay until the case is adjudicated.In addition, if charges are filed, Jermy could be the subject of an internal investigation from the Office of Professional Standards. Investigation results are forwarded to the Chief of Patrol and a hearing is held if the investigation sustains the charges.Jane Jermy, the former chief deputy coroner for the county, was dismissed by Kitsap County Coroner Greg Sandstrom early last year, which led to a $1 million federal lawsuit against the county. That suit was settle in August for $85,000. They have also reportedly appealed the dismissal of their joint federal lawsuit against Kitsap County over alleged retaliation against them by former Sheriff Pat Jones.The Kitsap County Sheriff's Office was saddened by the news of this incident, Bonneville said. We have compassion for any family in a crisis.But, he added, every individual must be held accountable for their behavior and domestic violence is a serious crime. "