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FDLE arrests former Franklin County officer for simple battery, official misconduct

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Posted at 12:14 PM, Dec 15, 2020
and last updated 2020-12-15 13:01:49-05

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Fla. (WTXL) — A former Franklin County Sheriff’s Office deputy has been arrested by the Florida Department of Law Enforcement after being accused of battering someone he arrested and lying on a report of the incident.

Tuesday, the FDLE announced that their investigation resulted in arrest warrants charging Steven Osburn on one count each of official misconduct, falsifying records and simple battery.

Osburn is a former deputy with the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office.

FDLE said it launched its investigation on Nov. 10 at the request of the Franklin County Sheriff’s Office. The investigation found that while arresting someone, Osburn battered the suspect and then falsified the report of the incident.

Osburn was placed on administrative leave on Nov. 10 and resigned from his position Tuesday.

Osburn turned himself in to the Franklin County Jail on the active arrest warrants Tuesday and was released on bond. This case will be prosecuted by the State Attorney’s Office, Second Judicial Circuit.