David Morrow, Adams County Sheriff's Deputy, Charged With Breaking 15-Year-Old's Jaw While Teen Was Restrained

07/13/2011 10:07 am ET | Updated Sep 12, 2011

David Morrow, 28, an Adams County sheriff's deputy has been charged with multiple felonies and a misdemeanor for allegedly punching a 15-year-old in the mouth and breaking his jaw.

Channel 7 News reports Morrow was terminated from the Adam's County Sheriff's Office late last week.

According to the arrest affidavit Fox 31 obtained, Deputy Morrow, along with five other deputies, arrived at an Adams County, Colorado house party to break it up. The 15-year-old in question was described by officials to be highly intoxicated, uncooperative with the deputies, and eventually became "verbally abusive."

According to The Denver Post, the teenager was restrained on an ambulance gurney and was being taken to a hospital because he would not provide information about his parents so they could be notified of his whereabouts. The sheriff and prosecutors offices describe the alleged assault:

Witnesses report that Morrow entered the ambulance to retrieve his handcuffs. As he passed the juvenile restrained on the ambulance gurney, Morrow struck the juvenile on the face with a closed fist.

Then, in an affidavit obtained by 9News, Morrow said to the paramedics:

Nobody saw anything, right?

Morrow faces criminal charges of child abuse, second-degree assault, tampering with a witness and official oppression, 9News reports.

According to 9News, Morrow turned himself into Glendale Police Tuesday. The Denver Post reports that Morrow is on leave without pay as of Tuesday because of the charges being filed and is free on a $20,000 bond.

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