published Wednesday, June 20th, 2012

Chattanooga fire captain's assault charge suspended

A suspended Chattanooga fire captain must stay out of trouble for one year to have his assault charge dismissed.

David Lebron Brooks Jr., 40, was arrested on June 3 after police say he and his daughter, Jasmine Brooks, 21, got into a scuffle that ended up on the floor of their home.

On Tuesday, Hamilton County General Sessions Judge Clarence Shattuck allowed a plea agreement to suspend the sentence rather than impose jail time. If Brooks has no other criminal charges in the next year, the charge will be dismissed.

Shattuck preserved a "no-contact order" for Brooks, preventing him from interacting with his daughter during the next year.

During the incident, Jasmine Brooks sustained a laceration to her head, while her father had scratches on his face, according to an arrest report.

Following the arrest, David Brooks filed a temporary protective order against his daughter. In exchange for the suspended charge, he agreed to drop the order.

The 16-year fire department employee was placed on paid leave on June 4, one day after his arrest.

David Brooks previously had been demoted from fire marshal to captain in 2010 after an internal affairs investigation deemed he'd acted inappropriately with another firefighter's wife.

about Todd South...

Todd South covers courts, poverty, technology, military and veterans for the Times Free Press. He has worked at the paper since 2008 and previously covered crime and safety in Southeast Tennessee and North Georgia. Todd’s hometown is Dodge City, Kan. He served five years in the U.S. Marine Corps and deployed to Iraq before returning to school for his journalism degree from the University of Georgia. Todd previously worked at the Anniston (Ala.) Star. Contact ...

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