LABELLE, FL. (JUNE 3, 2005) -- State Attorney Steve Russell announced today
that a former Hendry County Deputy Sheriff has been charged in Lee County
Court with Battery for kicking and beating a suspect following a traffic
stop on August 28, 2004.
John R. Childers, 35, of LaBelle, was charged with one count of
misdemeanor battery upon Kenneth J. Phillips, 45, of Clewiston. Battery is
punishable by up to one year in county jail and/or a $1,000.00 fine.
Childers and other Hendry deputies tried to make a traffic stop on Phillips
as he was driving west on SR 80 in Hendry County. The stop was eventually
made in Lee County, which is where the alleged incident occurred.
Therefore, the battery charge was filed in Lee County Court.
The incident was recorded on the video system of one of the
deputy's vehicles. Copies of the video will not be made public by the
State Attorney's Office until such time as it has been released through the
discovery process under Florida Law.
Childers has been served with a summons requiring his appearance in
Lee County Court on Tuesday, June 21, 2005, at 8:30 a.m. for arraignment.
A trial date will be set at that time.