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

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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Ha! I hope this jack ass gets whats coming to him. He deserves more than the maximum 6+ years of that sentence, he will get a real punishment in jail for beating his wife, i bet he wont step up to a man that way because he knows he will get his ass beaten.

The deputy is not accused of beating his wife. He is accused of pushing her to the floor which in all likelyhood means she attacked him, he backed away, put his hands up to protect himself and she fell. The FBI's own statistics show that the number of women who physically attack their husbands is twice that of the number of men who physically attack their wives. The system is grossly biased against men and the reality is that most of the time so-called domestic violence is a woman acting crazy and her husband getting arrested for it.

a cop who did these things to his own family. what do you think he was doing to the regular joe on the street & how many more just like him are out there

Windfall is obviously a fellow cop. You forgot to mention that the deputy feared for his life, too, and was acting in self defense. Laws are for civilians, not LEOs!

Windfall: The deputy was arrested because she had injuries and he did not, plain and simple. If you were not there, you don't know the facts, either. You also don't know if there were witnesses in the form of his children, who were at home at the time. As for your statistics, I'm not exactly sure where you got your facts, but I disagree. While it is true that there are women who initiate the altercation, a true man does not hit a woman. They will instead leave. Don't get me wrong, I believe that anyone who assaults another human being, be they male or female deserves to be arrested, but you may be jumping the gun here.

Big John

geez, you're right, I hope the deputy didn't push any criminals when he was working, that would be just terrible

imagine how traumatic that must have been for them, poor little criminals...

The domestic violence rate in America is about 10%. That means that for every ten families in America, one is experiencing domestic violence.

The domestic violence rate for American families where the perpetrator works as a law enforcement officer is 40%. That means four out of ten families of law enforcement officers experience domestic violence.

The latest incident of domestic violence by a law enforcement officer should be no surprise to anyone. Law enforcement officers are 400 times more likely to take their stress out by abusing someone close to them.

Whoops, that should have read 400% more likely or 4 times more likely to abuse...

Get a gun and survival kit? Hey windfall, whats your answer to that? Sounds like he was going to kill and hide out in the mountains for a while.

Just another bully with a badge.

@ u know, what if this cop did something like this to you? Funny how you would feel if the shoe was on the other foot.

Not to mention that if a poor little criminal was violated, it would be okay in your eyes...you need a hug!


Im not worried about it, never had a problem with cops, I don't act the fool and I treat everyone with respect.

As for criminals, they have no regard for others, so if a cop pushes one around, or even beats one down I have absolutely no problem with that.

You on the other hand probably have a criminal record and thus you support criminals.

Not me, can't stand em and won't give any sympathy to them.


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