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Monroe County sheriff's deputy fired after domestic battery arrest

Sheriff says 'repeated disregard' of policy, state law led to Edgar Pineiro's termination

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KEY WEST, Fla. – A Monroe County Sheriff's Office deputy accused of domestic battery has been fired.

Sheriff Richard Ramsay fired Edgar Pineiro in a Friday letter to the deputy.

Pineiro, 37, was arrested last month by Key West police. He is accused of beating his ex-girlfriend during a May 5 co33048148nfrontation.

"I have given you several opportunities to correct your behavior," Ramsay wrote in his letter to the deputy. "Unfortunately, your repeated disregard of our policy and procedures and the criminal laws of the state of Florida are unacceptable."

Ramsay said Pineiro's actions "(diminish) the confidence that the public must have in this office" to protect and serve.

"Your actions have forced me to choose between your continued employment and the safety and confidence of the public that I am sworn to protect," Ramsay said.

Pineiro was hired by the Monroe County Sheriff's Office in 2003. He was assigned to security detail at the Key West courthouse but had been suspended since his arrest.

His termination takes effect immediately.

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