BRADENTON -- A senior official at Sarasota Security Patrol, a company formerly employed by the Manatee County School District, was arrested over the weekend on domestic battery charges.
Ronald Targaszewski was arrested by Bradenton police just after 6 p.m. Sunday, on simple battery charges. Targaszewski was at Tarpon Pointe Grill & Tiki Bar with the victim and her child, according to police reports. Targaszewski is the father of the child.
The two got into an argument and Targaszewski became enraged. He grabbed the victim multiple times and at one point told her he "hated her so much he was going to punch her in the face," according to the report.
A general manager and manager of the restaurant tried to help and were able to separate the two, according to the report. Targaszewski then got angry again and pushed both the general manager and manager, according to the report.
The victim and both managers are pressing charges and filed complaint affidavits, according to the police report. Targaszewski was released on Sunday, according to the Manatee County Sheriff's Office website.
Targaszewski, a former police officer with the St. Petersburg Police Department, left his job after he was arrested in July 2009 on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge in Sarasota County. It's unclear whether he resigned or was dismissed. He entered into a pretrial intervention agreement and in April 2010, the case was dismissed. The case is now closed.
The Manatee County School District hired Sarasota Security Patrol in September to put private security guards in the district's elementary schools, which do not have school resource officers.
Targaszewski is the company's vice president of operations.
The guards served in 31 of the district's 33 elementary schools for about six weeks. On Oct. 1, Superintendent Rick Mills canceled the contract in response to a Sunshine
lawsuit filed against the district, saying the district did not properly advertise the meeting in which a panel evaluated the different companies that applied for the job. As part of settling the suit, the district canceled the contract.
The company has since sued the district, saying the superintendent didn't have the right to cancel the contract and that the district owed the company money.
On Dec. 19, lawyers for the school district filed a motion to dismiss the suit, saying the contract saying the superintendent can cancel the contract and included financial records showing the payments to the company.
Meghin Delaney, education reporter, can be reached at 941-745-7081. Follow her on Twitter @MeghinDelaney.