w_brad_steube_web.jpgBRADENTON, Fla. (AP) _ A Manatee County Sheriff's Office sergeant has been suspended without pay for almost 26 hours after he highlighted a Bible passage and referenced President Obama.

According to a sheriff's internal affairs report, corrections Sgt. Matthew Neu labeled a scripture passage in a Bible as “the Obama prayer'' and left it on co-worker's desk.

The highlighted scripture was Psalm 109, which reads in part, “Let his days be few, and let another take his office.''

The co-worker, who also is a corrections sergeant and is black, said she was offended when she found the Bible and considered what she saw to be a threat against the president.

Neu told investigators he looked up the verse after receiving an e-mail about it and planned to show some of his co-workers. No threat was meant.


Pictured:  Manatee County Sheriff