St. Johns County deputy arrested on domestic violence charges

A deputy with the St. Johns County Sheriff’s Office was arrested Thursday night on a battery charge, according to Sheriff’s Office records.


A heavily redacted arrest report said that said Scott O’Connell, 33, hit a woman in the face. The incident, which the report refers to as a domestic battery case, appears to have taken place in his St. Johns County home.

“He’s currently on administrative suspension pending outcome of the internal affairs review,” Sheriff’s Office Cmdr. Chuck Mulligan said.

That investigation will determine what disciplinary actions may need to be taken, and the review will likely be finished next week, Mulligan said.

“We handled it like we would handle any incident we go to,” Mulligan said.

O’Connell’s first appearance in court was scheduled for Friday morning, Mulligan said.

The bond amount had been set at $500 and O’Connell was released before 11 a.m., according to jail records.

At the time of his arrest, O’Connell was a patrol deputy. Because he’s a law enforcement officer, his photo and address are not listed.

O’Connell denied hitting the person, according to the report.

Because it’s a domestic case, the sheriff’s office can’t identify the person who filed the report.

O’Connell is the brother of Michelle O’Connell, whose death was the subject of a New York Times investigation.

Michelle O’Connell, 24, was found dead of a gunshot wound in the home of her boyfriend Sheriff’s Deputy Jeremy Banks on Sept. 2, 2010.

The gun that killed Michelle O’Connell was Banks’ service weapon, and her family has said that she wouldn’t have harmed herself. Banks, who placed the 911 call the night she died saying that she shot herself, maintains his innocence.

The case has since been reviewed by multiple medical examiners and remains classified as a suicide, and at least two special prosecutors have looked at it and found there is not enough evidence to bring charges against Banks.

When it was announced several years ago that no charges would be filed, Scott O’Connell reacted with anger toward Florida Department of Law Enforcement Agent Rusty Rodgers and State Attorney Brad King of the 5th Judicial District. Scott O’Connell was fired from the Sheriff’s Office; he was later rehired.

Kevin Austin 18 days ago
WHy no picture?

Because he is a deputy, his photo is not provided by the Sheriff's Office. 
Kristin Thomas 18 days ago
They show everyone else's picture now don't they?


Just to clarify for you both on my previous comment: The Sheriff's Office by law can't release the photo because O'Connell is a deputy and requested that it not be released, according to their spokesman Chuck Mulligan. 

Special One 15 days ago
What law would that be exactly? 
Susan Sullivan 15 days ago
We don't need a picture. Everyone knows who he is. He is the POS who pretends he does not know that his fellow cop Jeremy Banks murdered his sister and got away with it. Does it surprise anyone that he is a wife beater!!
Tom Reynolds 18 days ago

 Oh wait he got $500.00 bail. 

“We handled it like we would handle any incident we go to,” Mulligan said.


.............................BAIL FOR  VIOLENT FELONY $50,000.00 ................................

....................................................LOCK HIM UP ! .........................................................

....Nice try Tough Guy !........... KARMA ......... NOBODY ESCAPES IT.............


Special One 15 days ago
Right! It's amazing one law for them, one for the rest of us. 
Jaclyn Mascheck 18 days ago
When are they going to to a arrest Officer Jeremy Banks for killing Officer Scott O'Connell's sister Michelle O'Connell? We all know the cornenor covered that murder up.  It's been proven! Also did the woman that Officer O'Connell supposedly hit,  did she hit him first? If she did,  she deserves charges as well.
gerry robison 18 days ago
Almost too hot to walk on the beach today...
Artemis Kore 17 days ago
Historic city news does not seem to have the same problem with releasing the details of this incident as the Record does.  The victim was the wife of Scott Oconnell who suffered a  "closed fisted punch to the face"  deputy Kendallville Lloyd and corporal Jennifer Burress both witnessed red marks and puffiness to the right eye cheek and eyebrow area.  Oconnell, as did his brother in law Jeremy Banks, denied ever striking Mrs Oconnell   Oconnell was arrested a day re.eased on 500 bond   several commentersmall smartly asked if his condition of release included surrender of all weapons and HCN reported this was a condition  let us all hope and pray Mrs oconnell and her 2 young children stay safe