Deputy Anne Kelly Charged After Internal Investigation Conducted

05/25/2011 06:48 pm ET | Updated Jul 25, 2011
  • Andrea Rael Associate Denver Editor, The Huffington Post

A Denver Deputy Sheriff is facing misdemeanor assault and harassment charges after allegedly slapping a female DUI suspect in the Denver Detention Center.

Deputy Anne Kelly, 51, is due to appear in court June 24. According to the Denver District Attorney's Office spokeswoman, Lynn Kimbrough, this is Kelly's first known misdemeanor.

Deputy Kelly is facing charges for slapping the victim across the face with an open hand, before booking the victim into the jail. Kimbrough told HuffPost that the incident was reported to a sergeant in the sheriff's department, and was caught on tape.

After the sheriff's department conducted an internal investigation, they reportedly also alerted the Denver Police Department Internal Affairs Bureau.

"The woman who was slapped did not accuse [Deputy Kelly] of anything," Kimbrough said. "She was contacted by the Internal Affairs investigation team, but she's also still a defendant in her pending DUI case."

Kimbrough says the incident occurred in the early morning hours of March 25.

This is the second time a deputy sheriff has been in the news for inappropriate conduct this month. Former Denver Deputy Sheriff Brennon Lonergan, 36, was formally charged on May 3 with felony sexual assault on a child by a person in a position of trust.