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AFD firefighter suspended after parental discipline with belt led to assault charge

According to a memo from the Austin Fire Department, Fire Specialist Jerry Sharpe has been temporarily suspended from duty for 20 days. (Image courtesy: AFD)

An Austin firefighter has been suspended after administering discipline with a belt led to an assault charge.

According to a memo from the Austin Fire Department, Fire Specialist Jerry Sharpe has been temporarily suspended from duty for 20 days.

The memo says back in October of last year Sharpe was involved in a disturbance where he "administered parental discipline with a belt that was not objectively reasonable or necessary." He was arrested a month later on a Class A misdemeanor assault charge.

In addition to the suspension Sharpe must be evaluated by an AFD staff psychologist for anger management and inter-personal relationship issues. He's also on a probationary period of one year, meaning if he is involved in a similar incident he will lose his job, according to the memo.

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