Alcohol may have played role in Ted Schrader’s domestic violence incident

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Did alcohol play a role in a domestic violence incident involving Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader. He was arrested Sunday and spent the night in jail, charged with domestic battery after an argument with his wife turned physical.

Schrader has since been released from the Land O’ Lakes jail on $250 bond, according to jail records.

The original arrest report indicates alcohol played a part in the dispute.

During Schrader’s bond hearing before Judge Anne Wansboro this afternoon, A.R. “Chip” Mander, Ted Schrader’s lawyer, argued alcohol was not a factor in the couple’s dispute. He said Ted Schrader had been drinking at the time of the arrest, but not at the time of the incident.

The judge disagreed. “I think it’s at the time of incident, so I’m going to respectfully disagree with you there and maintain a no alcohol condition,” Wansboro said.

Julia Schrader attended the bond hearing and asked that the judge keep a “no contact” order as part of the bond.

“I feel that at this time it would be appropriate for no contact,” Julia Schrader told the judge. She did not comment to reporters after leaving the courtroom.

Mander said he didn’t expect charges to be filed in the case.

While in jail, Schrader remained in the clothes he wore when he was arrested and was not given a jail-issued uniform. He was wearing a grey polo shirt and blue jeans at his bond hearing held via video conference. Schrader was held in the booking area and was never placed in the general jail population.

“We’re treating Commissioner Schrader like we would a normal citizen, as far as this arrest is concerned,” sheriff’s spokesman Doug Tobin said.

That may not be the case, reports Laura Kinsler of the Tampa Tribune.

The arresting officer initially identified the defendant as Terrance Edward Schrader, the commissioner’s twin brother. Ted Schrader’s legal name is Theodore John Schrader.

“She knew him as ‘Commissioner Schrader’ but when they looked up his information they saw ‘Terrance Schrader’ lived on the same street,” Tobin said. “I saw that discrepancy this morning and had her come back in and correct it.”

Tobin said the jail booking officer also made a “clerical error” by not releasing the commissioner’s mugshot at the time of the arrest. The officer gave Schrader a public records exemption form, usually reserved for law enforcement officers, which he signed.

“He never asked for it,” Tobin said. “The law has been expanded over the years – other professions have been added, like child protective service workers. But there’s no exemption for county commissioners, so I released it this morning.”

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