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. His 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.