Sheriff’s deputy charged with domestic battery

A Douglas County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Sunday and has been charged in District Court with one count of misdemeanor domestic battery.

Matthew Douglas, 35, pleaded not guilty to the charge during his first appearance and arraignment hearing Monday afternoon, court records said.

The sheriff’s patrol deputy was arrested at his Eudora home by a fellow deputy and booked into the county jail on charges of domestic battery and criminal restraint about 2 a.m. Sunday, according to jail records. The Douglas County Sheriff’s Office couldn’t release any details about the criminal charges, according to Lt. Kari Wempe, spokeswoman.

Douglas was released from the jail on a $750 bond. He’s scheduled to appear back in court at 9 a.m. Sept. 30 in front of Judge Peggy Kittel.

Douglas has been ordered to have no contact with any victims or witnesses in the case, a spokeswoman for District Attorney Charles Branson said.

The deputy, who has been employed by the sheriff’s office since December 2007, is on paid administrative leave, Wempe said.

“He will continue to be on administrative leave until the matter is resolved,” she said.