Monday, March 17, 2014

The Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office was notified Friday night of the arrest of one of
its officers, John L. Townsend, on charges of Simple Domestic Battery, Simple
Battery, and Resisting an Officer Without Violence. The arrest occurred in an
adjoining county.

Ofc. Townsend is a 14 year veteran of the agency and was most currently
working as a Burglary detective. He has been reassigned to an administrative
position. This is an active criminal investigation. Any administrative action would
follow the conclusion of that criminal investigation.

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