IRC Sheriff’s Sergeant Terminated After Domestic Violence Arrest

Indian River County Sheriff's Sergeant John Cronenberg employment terminated after battery domestic violence case.
Indian River County Sheriff's Sergeant John Cronenberg employment terminated after battery domestic violence case.

SEBASTIAN, Florida – Last month, Sebastian Daily reported the arrest of Indian River County Sheriff’s Sergeant John Cronenberg following a battery domestic violence case conducted by the Sebastian Police Department.

Sergeant Cronenberg was placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of an internal affairs investigation.

Earlier this week, that investigation concluded with sustained findings.

On Thursday, June 7th, John Cronenberg was terminated from the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office.

During the battery domestic violence case, investigators report that the woman had injuries to her forehead and face from Cronenberg “‘smashing’ her head into the sidewalk and ground.”

Records also show that the woman had a bruise to her forehead the size of a golf ball. There was a 1-inch cut that “bled profusely,” and the left side of her face was swollen and bruised, records show.

While at the Sebastian River Medical Center, she reported the pain was a “10 out of 10 in intensity” to staff.

Cronenberg served with the Indian River County Sheriff’s Office for 23 years and was assigned to court security prior to his termination.

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About Scott Lee
Scott Lee is a columnist and reporter for Sebastian Daily. Scott moved to Indian River County in 2015 and has been writing for various publications for approximately 30 years. Currently, he writes part-time and manages a featured column about local businesses in Sebastian and Vero Beach.
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