Deputy exits job, accused of assault, battery

Thomas Miller

WOODSTOCK – A deputy with the Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office has left the agency on the same day he was arrested and charged with two counts related to a domestic violence incident.

The defendant, Thomas Jackson Miller II, 34, of 303 Shenandoah Ave., Edinburg, had been with the Sheriff’s Office for about a year.

Capt. Wesley Dellinger of the Sheriff’s Office refused to discuss the reason for Miller’s departure Thursday or whether it was voluntary or involuntary.

“We’re not going to release that,” Dellinger said. “It’s a personnel issue.”

Miller was released on $2,000 unsecured bond following his arrest Thursday for assault and battery of a family member and trying to stop someone from using a cell phone to call for emergency assistance.

Dellinger said the victim, a 35-year old woman, did not require medical attention, although a criminal complaint filed by sheriff’s Lt. L.M. Ritenour said she had two small bruises on her left arm.

Ritenour wrote that he was notified of a domestic dispute at Miller’s residence Thursday. The victim told him that she and Miller got into an argument that escalated until she tried to leave the apartment.

“The victim attempted to leave and Miller grabbed her purse causing the straps to break while carrying it on her arm,” the complaint says. “Miller then grabbled her left arm above the elbow preventing her (from leaving).”

The complaint also says that Miller seized a telephone and vehicle keys from the woman “so she was not able to call for help or leave.”

Miller is scheduled to appear in Shenandoah County Juvenile and Domestic Relations Court at 9 a.m. Aug. 18.

Contact staff writer Joe Beck at 540-465-5137 ext. 142, or jbeck@nvdaily.com