Tampa area judge arrested on domestic battery charge
(ABC Action News) TAMPA, Fla. – A veteran judge of the 13th Judicial Circuit court of Florida was arrested the night of Friday, January 16th, 2015, and charged with one count of domestic violence.
According to court documents obtained by ABC Action News, Eric R. Myers is accused of hitting a family member with both an open and closed fist at around 9:30 pm Friday.
According to the criminal report affidavit, Myers admitted to authorities that he grabbed the hair of a family member and struck the person one time in the face with an open hand, causing “redness and swelling to [the] right ear.”
Court records list the location of arrest as 401 N. Jefferson Street, where the courthouse and Myers’s office is located.
The alleged domestic violence did not occur at the courthouse, according to court records.
Myers was released from jail Saturday morning on $500 bail.
Myers was originally appointed a county judgeship position in 2000 by then-Governor Jeb Bush, and overseas cases of traffic citations and misdemeanor crimes, including domestic violence.
He was re-elected in 2014, now serving a six-year term that expired in 2021, according to online county records.
Myers is a graduate of Howard University School of Law in Washington, D.C., according to his online county profile, and is a member of the Hillsborough County Bar Association, as well as a Harram Temple Shriners Mason.