Osceola County corrections officer arrested on domestic violence charge, sheriff’s officials say

Joshua Diaz, 35, arrested

Joshua Diaz (Polk County Sheriff's Office)

OSCEOLA COUNTY, Fla. – An Osceola County corrections officer facing a domestic violence charge is accused of pushing a woman and holding her down against her will on the ground, according to the sheriff’s office.

The Polk County Sheriff’s Office said Joshua Diaz, who was hired at Osceola County Corrections Department in 2020, was arrested Wednesday.

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According to the sheriff’s office, the victim told deputies that on Dec. 12 she and Diaz were arguing when he grabbed her face, pulled her to the ground and held her there.

Deputies said the victim was able to get away and go into a bedroom, where Diaz followed, threw her on the bed and told her, “You’re not leaving.” The sheriff’s office said Diaz was blocking the door.

The victim got a firearm from the closet and told Diaz to leave, deputies said, and he left.

Diaz faces charges of domestic violence battery and false imprisonment.

A spokesperson at Osceola County Corrections Department said Diaz would be placed on administrative leave immediately after he bond out of jail, pending the results of the disciplinary process.

“We hold our staff the highest standards and have zero tolerance for behavior inconsistent with those standards,” the spokesperson said in a statement.

Victims of domestic violence can call the National Domestic Violence Hotline, available 24 hours a day, at 800-799-7233. In Central Florida, the Harbor House offers a 24-hour confidential crisis hotline at 407-886-2856.

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