Former deputy arraigned on battery charges

SANDOVAL COUNTY, N.M. (KRQE) – A former Sandoval County Deputy accused of slapping a teen in the face was arraigned on battery charges on Thursday.

Prosecutors say in August, then Deputy Fred Switzer, was putting a seatbelt on a handcuffed teen after a court appearance.

The sheriff’s department says it appears the teen spit on Switzer. That’s when the deputy slapped him in the face and hit the teen another four times.

A supervisor nearby saw what happened and reported the incident.

If convicted, Switzer faces up to six months in prison.

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