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Former Imperial Valley water official charged with child abuse

A former Imperial Valley water agency official, seen on a video whipping his 10-year-old stepson with a belt, has been charged with two felony counts of child abuse.

Imperial County Dist. Atty. Gilbert Otero said Friday that Anthony Sanchez had been charged with inflicting "cruel" injury on a child and putting a child in a position to be injured. Arraignment is set for July 10.

A neighbor posted a video online of Sanchez hitting his stepson. Amid community anger, Sanchez, 34, resigned from the Imperial Irrigation District's governing board.

The June 6 incident occurred in the backyard of the Sanchez home after the boy dropped a ball while playing catch.


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