Director at local women's shelter arrested for domestic battery

LAS VEGAS - An employee of a local 24-hour domestic violence shelter was arrested for domestic violence.

According to Metro Police, Robert White was taken into police custody on a misdemeanor domestic battery charge Sunday.  White works at The Shade Tree as a director of programs and education.

The Executive Director of Shade Tree Marlene Richter says she quickly put the 37-year-old White is on unpaid leave after learning he was arrested on a domestic battery charge.

"Our job is to protect the vulnerable people that we serve and that's going to always be my response,” Richter said. "We're here to provide safe shelter for abused women, children and their pets and that's going to continue to be our mission.”

Richter says the organization has a strict screening process for applicants which includes an FBI background check. There's also a repeated background check on employees every five years or if there's ever a cause for concern.

"There was no evidence of any other activity in the past,” Richter said.

8 News Now also asked if any residents at the shelter ever reported any kind of harm.

"There isn't anything happening here that we are aware of, no,” Richter added.

No word on the details that led to his arrest, but 8 News NOW Reporter Brittany Edney will have more on the incident, along with a response from The Shade Tree about the incident coming up on 8 News NOW at 11 p.m.


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