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Man accused of smashing burger in girlfriend's face

Tony Holt Hernando Today
Published:   |   Updated: May 7, 2013 at 04:38 PM

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When the deputy knocked on the door, Gale Deem had ground beef on her face.

Sean Felipe Campbell, who has a history of committing violence against Deem, was arrested on suspicion of grabbing Deem's hamburger and smearing it all over her, causing food to stick to her face, head and hair, according to the Hernando County Sheriff's Office.

Deputy Jay Weber stated in his report he arrived at the couple's home Sunday night at 5384 Maldive Ave. and saw the pieces of food on Deem. He said he also saw parts of the hamburger scattered on the floor.

Campbell, 26, said he slapped the burger out of his girlfriend's hand, but Deem insisted he smashed it against her face, according to an arrest affidavit.

He was booked shortly after midnight at the Hernando County Jail on a charge of domestic battery. He was held without bond.

Campbell was convicted in August 2011 on charges of armed trespassing and criminal mischief. The sheriff's office had arrested him two months earlier on allegations he burglarized Deem's house and assaulted her with two kitchen knives.

The state attorney's office dropped his aggravated assault charge and reduced his burglary charge to trespassing. As a result, Campbell was sentenced to less than two months in jail and four years probation. He also was required to serve 75 hours of community service.

Deputies said Deem was sleeping in her master bedroom the night of June 28, 2011 when Campbell entered her house through the front door, picked up two knives from the kitchen drawer and kicked in her door, according to reports.

Deem woke up and saw Campbell with the knives over his head, deputies said.

Campbell left the house without harming Deem, but he smashed the window in the front door, causing $100 in damage.

Deem's son woke up and witnessed Campbell grab the knives and go into his mother's room, according to the sheriff's office.

Campbell was interviewed a day later and deputies said they noticed cuts on his hand consistent with injuries he would have suffered from breaking the glass on the door.

The suspect also said he was mad at Deem for leaving him behind at a bar earlier that night, according to reports.

Campbell's criminal history also includes a 2004 conviction on a count of aggravated battery.

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