Deputy on guard duty for Florida’s COVID-19 response effort arrested on rape charge

David Warren Ray arrested in South Florida

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MIAMI – A sheriff’s deputy was arrested over the weekend on domestic rape charges while he was deployed to serve near Miami in a Florida National Guard unit, according to an arrest report.

An arrest warrant had been issued by a judge in Highlands County for David Warren Ray, the Miami Herald reported. Ray, 39, was arrested at a hotel where he was staying on Friday night.

Ray is a sergeant first class with the Army’s 116th Field Artillery Regiment, and had been in South Florida since January to help with COVID-19 response efforts, the Herald reported. His deployment was scheduled to end later this month.

A lawyer for Ray was not listed on jail records.

No additional details were immediately available.