A Gainesville attorney is accused of shoving an officer Tuesday outside of the Edmondson-Telford Center for Children in Gainesville after an argument, according to authorities.
Arturo Corso, 46, was charged with battery and misdemeanor obstruction of an officer. He was booked in to the Hall County Jail and released on a bond. He has denied all of the allegations.
According to the Hall County Sheriff’s Office, an investigator arrived at the child advocacy center regarding a forensic interview for a child victim. The Sheriff’s Office said Corso was “not acting as their legal representation.”
When reached by The Times Wednesday, Corso said he was there as a friend of the family, a potential witness and representing the family.
Corso said the officer deliberately did not make eye contact when he walked over to introduce himself.
“He looked at me with contempt,” Corso said, adding the officer allegedly said the attorney “had a reputation in law enforcement.”
The Sheriff’s Office declined to comment regarding Corso’s version of events.
The Sheriff’s Office said in a news release “the investigator and Mr. Corso engaged in a discussion about the case, and at one point Mr. Corso became irate.”
Corso claimed he was there for his client and that the officer said he wouldn’t let him “interfere.” The conversation moved outside, where Corso said he sat down on the ledge.
When Corso asked for another investigator to take the case, he claims the investigator on the scene said that wouldn’t happen.
The attorney said both went to the door, when Corso claims the investigator “pushed that door back on top of me as hard as he could.”
The Sheriff’s Office said Corso allegedly “shoved the investigator and a minor struggle ensued, leaving visible marks on the investigator’s shoulder.”
Corso claimed the investigator grabbed him, with one arm sliding toward his throat.
After the push at the door, Corso said, the investigator told him he was under arrest.