Ex-deputy charged after using stun gun against Espanola teen

New Mexico

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — New Mexico prosecutors say a former sheriff’s deputy faces child abuse, false imprisonment and other charges four months after he deployed a stun gun on a special needs student in Espanola.

Attorney General Hector Balderas announced Wednesday that a criminal information had been filed against Jeremy Barnes, of Rio Arriba County.

Barnes is also charged with aggravated battery and violation of the Governmental Conduct Act.

Lapel video of Barnes’ encounter with the Espanola Valley High School student in May shows he used the stun gun after the boy refused to follow orders and called the deputy a slur.

Adan Trujillo, attorney for Rio Arriba County, declined comment.

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