Weld County sheriff’s deputy arrested, accused of child abuse

WELD COUNTY, Colo. — A Weld County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault and child abuse.

The Weld County Sheriff’s Office said it was made aware of possible child abuse that occurred in the early-morning hours Friday in unincorporated Weld County near Longmont.

Derek Kinch, 32, was arrested after an investigation. Kinch’s bond was set at $25,000 and he bonded out Wednesday morning, according to the Weld County District Attorney.┬áHis next court is scheduled for Aug. 3.

He is on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of his court proceedings.

He has been working as a deputy in Weld County since 2008.