Former Adams County Deputy Sheriff convicted of child abuse

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ADAMS COUNTY, Colo. — A former Adams County Deputy Shierff was convicted on assault and child abuse charges on Monday in connection with the assault of a 15-year-old boy in 2011.

David Morrow, 30, was convicted of second-degree assault, third-degree assault and child abuse this week. The jury returned the verdict late Monday after a six-day trial. Morrow now faces between 5 and 16 years in prison, and is scheduled to be sentenced on October 7.

According to court records, Morrow was responding to a disturbance call around 1 a.m. at 8790 Welby Road in Adams County on June 12, 2011 when the incident occurred. The 15-year-old was at the scene of the disturbance, and he appeared to be highly intoxicated. A court affidavit later revealed the teen’s blood-alcohol level was .202.

During the process of taking the teen into custody, it was determined he would have to be transported by ambulance to a nearby hospital because police could not obtain parental contact information from him.

An ambulance attendant had restrained the teen’s hands and feet because of his “verbally combative behavior,” according to court records. It was at that time that Morrow struck the restrained 15-year-old in the face with a closed fist.

Morrow was placed on administrative leave without pay a month later, the day after charges were filed.