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O.C. sheriff's deputy arrested on domestic violence, other charges

February 3, 2011 |  5:56 pm

An Orange County sheriff’s deputy already charged with domestic violence allegedly violated a protective order by attempting to obtain a gun while out on bail, authorities said Thursday.

Travis Christopher Unholz, 36, of Trabuco Canyon is accused of pushing his wife to the floor, causing her to hit her head during an argument Sunday, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office. Unholz’s two children were in the home at the time.

His wife called the Sheriff’s Department, which investigated and arrested Unholz that evening. He was booked into the Orange County Jail.

Unholz posted $50,000 bail the next day and was released from custody under an order barring him from any contact with his wife. The order also barred him from possessing or attempting to possess a firearm.

Unholz is accused of contacting a friend Wednesday and asking the person to assist him in obtaining an automatic weapon and survival kit. He is also accused of asking his friend to contact his wife, which violated the conditions of his bail.

Unholz is being charged with one felony count of domestic battery with corporal injury, one felony count of attempted possession of a firearm in violation of a protective order, two misdemeanor counts of child abuse, one misdemeanor count of violation of a protective order and a sentencing enhancement for crime-bail-crime, which indicates that the defendant committed a crime while out of custody on bail for another criminal offense.

If convicted, Unholz faces a maximum sentence of six years and eight months in state prison.

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