Former Adams County deputy gets 5 years for punching restrained teen

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DENVER — A former Adams County Sheriff’s Deputy was sentenced Monday to five years in prison for punching a teenager in the face while the teen was strapped to a gurney, District Attorney Dave Young’s office announced.

David Morrow, 30, was convicted in August of two counts of assault and one count of child abuse in the June 12, 2011, incident.

Morrow had responded to a disturbance call at 8790 Welby Road in Adams County. According to court records and evidence presented during the trial, the 15-year-old boy, who appeared highly intoxicated, was taken into custody and transported by ambulance to the hospital because parent contact information could not be obtained from him.

The ambulance attendant had restrained the juvenile’s hands and feet because of his verbally combative behavior. Morrow struck the juvenile on the face with a closed fist while the teen was restrained on the ambulance gurney.

Morrow was placed on administrative leave without pay on July 12, 2011 after charges were filed by the 17th Judicial District Attorney’s Office and was later fired.



  • Robert Gift

    Can’t control your temper, you don’t have what it takes to be a law enforcement officer.
    LE personnel have to take all kinds of abuse.
    So let’s cause the drunk teen to be rewarded with LOTS of taxpayer’s money in a lawsuit. Brilliant

  • Mike

    Wow, let’s sentance the former Deputy to 5 years for one bad decision, and just let the hardcore criminals and hood rats off with a slap on the wrist!! That makes a lot of sense. Who goes to Prison for 5 years for punching someone??

  • phunctor

    The reason we (should) hold cops to a higher standard is that they operate in our name “under color of law”. That trust was abused. Sound’s like you’re fine with it. Dan, you scare me.

  • Bill

    No you got it wrong he has done this before, many times, but this time there evidence that he couldnt get out of. 5 years im happy with that sentence. Right after this happend he was promoted and the he retired.

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