Teen dating JP deputy speaks out after deputy's domestic violence arrest

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Posted on March 19, 2012 at 9:10 PM

Updated Monday, Mar 19 at 10:21 PM

Tania Dall / Eyewitness News
Email: tdall@wwltv.com | Twitter: @taniadall

NEW ORLEANS, La. -- A Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office deputy is on suspension after being arrested in the French Quarter over the weekend.

The sheriff's office confirms that Deputy Dwayne Guynes was arrested on a domestic violence charge.

"He had a charming personality, he had a way of getting to you," said a Marrero woman about her initial courtship with JPSO Patrol Deputy Dwayne Guynes.

The 18-year-old woman asked not to be identified but told Eyewitness News that she'd been dating Guynes for two months.

"I kind of looked at like Dwayne as in maybe this will be a man and guide me instead of dating a teenager," said the teen.

On Friday, the 18-year-old woman says she checked into the Quarter House Resort with Guynes. The couple went out drinking with friends, and that is when the teen says Guynes lost his patience.

"The only thing I can recall was him telling me, cursing at me, telling me to get up, that I was an embarrassment to him," said the teen.

She said what happened on the walk from Bourbon Street to their hotel is still a blur. However, she remembers looking in the mirror and seeing swollen eyelids and realizing something wasn't right.

"I went to him and I said, you hit me, and he said, no, you fell. I said I don't get this from falling. You had to have hit me, and he started denying it again," said the Marrero woman.

The New Orleans Police Department confirms that the couple were arguing inside the hotel when staff called police.

"He slapped me to the ground, he punched me. I screamed going down and I started crying. He got on top of me. He put his hand over my mouth and my noise to where I couldn't breathe," said the teen.

Police say Deputy Guynes was arrested and charged with one count of domestic violence. The Jefferson Parish Sheriff's Office says the 34-year-old has been suspended indefinitely and that another female has come forward who says Guynes committed criminal violations against her -- which she says were rape and battery.

"I have the two black eyes and bruises and bumps all over my head," said the 18-year-old after Friday night that included a visit to the hospital.

The teen taking the time to share her story to warn others.

"I don't want this to happen to somebody else. It shouldn't have happened in the first place," said the teen.

According to news archives, back in 2010 Guynes was charged with simple battery after a domestic incident in Gretna. His girlfriend at the time dropped the charge.

Eyewitness News attempted to reach Guynes for comment, but he did not return our phone call by Monday night's 10 p.m. newscast.

 

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