Polk County

Central Florida corrections officer arrested for battery, deputies say

POLK COUNTY, Fla. — A Central Florida corrections officer is out on bond after being arrested for battery.

Deputies from the Polk County Sheriff’s Office arrested Eric Medina after he was asked to leave a party after becoming violent.


Medina, 33, is employed as a correctional officer at the Federal Correctional Complex in Coleman in Sumter County.

Deputies said Medina was at a party with friends in Davenport and was asked to leave at around 2 a.m. and began arguing with other partygoers.

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According to a new release, at some point during the argument, Medina grabbed a female victim “by the left arm against her will, leaving scratch marks.”

The victim told deputies that “everyone was drinking and having a good time when the suspect started acting weird.” She told deputies that she tried to calm Medina down, and that is when he grabbed her arm.

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“It is never all right to physically hurt someone, and as an officer at a federal correctional facility, Mr. Medina knew better. Now he has experienced the other side of jail lock-up,” said Sheriff Grady Judd.

Medina was arrested and transported to the Polk County Jail where he was released after paying a $500 bond.

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