Nacogdoches Co. jail deputy arrested for allegedly assaulting girlfriend

Anthony Gatwood (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Anthony Gatwood (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office jailer resigned after he allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at their home early Sunday morning and was placed on administrative leave.

Anthony Gatwood, 32, of Nacogdoches, was charged with assault of a family or household member, which is a Class C misdemeanor, and placed in the Nacogdoches County Jail. He was released later that day.

"This was an unfortunate incident, but we will not condone this type of behavior by our employees," Nacogdoches County Sheriff Jason Bridges said Monday morning. "We do our best to hire the best personnel possible, and we do thorough background checks on each candidate."

According to a police report, the Nacogdoches Police Department was dispatched to Gatwood's residence in the 300 block of W. Seale Street at approximately 7:30 a.m. When they arrived on the scene, Gatwood's girlfriend told them that he had assaulted her.

Bridges said a NCSO supervisor was dispatched to the scene as well. The supervisor took Gatwood's Sheriff's Office ID and equipment into custody, and Gatwood was placed on administrative leaving pending the investigation of the alleged assault.

Gatwood, a licensed patrol deputy who had been assigned to the jail, resigned shortly after he was notified that he had been placed on administrative leave. Bridges said Gatwood had been working for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office since 2006.

"Anthony did a good job for the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office," Bridges said. "But - we expect our employees to act in a professional manner whether they are on- or off-duty."

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