The principal of Yulee Elementary School has been arrested in Nassau County for aggravated battery and false imprisonment of his wife. Police say Scott Hodges‘ wife told them he grabbed her and pushed her several times. In a bizarre twist, she reported that she then stabbed HERSELF in the arms because she felt she had no other choice. The alleged victim said Hodges then stabbed her many times in the leg. The wife also claimed that he used his body to keep her in the house all night.
In order to be convicted of an aggravated battery in Jacksonville or anywhere in Florida, the state attorney must prove that Hodges committed a battery and in doing so intentionally or knowingly caused great bodily harm, permanent disability, or permanent disfigurement to his wife or used a deadly weapon. To commit a battery, you have to intentionally touch someone against their will or intentionally harm someone. Aggravated Battery is a second degree felony in Florida and is punishable for up to 15 years in prison.
To prove false imprisonment, the state must show that Hodges forcibly, by threat, or secretly confining, abducting, or imprisoning, or restraining his wife without lawful authority or against her will. False imprisonment is a third degree felony in Florida punishable for up to five years in prison.