Florida Highway Patrol Trooper Charged with Child Abuse

Callaway, Fla. - A Florida Highway Patrol trooper, who resides in Jackson County, was arrested Tuesday on child abuse charges.

According to an arrest affidavit, Brian Gill admitted to striking a four-year-old in the face and neck. Investigators determined that the child had bruising from the incident that lasted several days after the initial incident. 

"Trooper Gill has been cooperating with authorities in the recent days regarding their investigation," said Eric Garmon, Gill's attorney, "The charges against my client are baseless and without merit. I believe that a full review of the facts will show that no criminal act was committed."

The Florida Highway Patrol said Gill was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of the criminal investigation. 

"The Florida Highway Patrol will also be conducting an administrative investigation into the allegations and charges made against the Trooper," said Captain Jeffrey Bissainthe. "FHP holds all of its members to a high standard, and appropriate disciplinary action will be taken upon completion of the investigation."

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