(TAMPABAY.COM) Four months after authorities dropped a domestic battery charge against him after an argument with his wife, Pasco County Commission Chairman Ted Schrader has filed for divorce.
Schrader, 57, filed papers on April 30 against Julia Ashbrook Schrader, 56, who accused him on Feb. 3 of grabbing her arm against her will as she lay in her bed a day after an argument at their San Antonio home.
Pasco sheriff’s deputies arrested Schrader, who spent a night in the county jail.
According to a sheriff’s report, Schrader admitted grabbing his wife’s arm in an effort to talk with her but said he did not abuse her.
Two weeks later, prosecutors dropped the charge after reviewing testimony from Mrs. Schrader.
Along with the divorce papers, Schrader’s attorney filed a motion accusing Mrs. Schrader of taking out $80,000 from the couple’s Wells Fargo account and asked a judge for an order to stop her from future withdrawals until assets could be divided fairly. Schrader’s motion also asked that he be allowed to remain in the home.
Schrader also asked the court to appoint two experts, one to determine the value of the couple’s real estate holdings and another to assess Mrs. Schrader’s ability to find a job.