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Water official allegedly seen on video hitting stepson


An Imperial County water agency director was arrested as police investigate a video posted online that appears to show him hitting his stepson.

The video shows a man playing a game of catch with a boy. The boy drops the ball, and that's when the man, identified by authorities as Anthony Sanchez, begins whipping him with a belt.

Neighbor Oscar Lopez shot the video Wednesday morning from inside his home. After a minute, Lopez can be heard on the recording telling Sanchez to stop.

Sanchez, 34, is director of the Imperial Irrigation District. Imperial County Sheriff's Department officials told the Imperial Valley Press that Sanchez is cooperating with authorities as they investigate child abuse allegations.

Sanchez was arrested Friday on suspicion of felony child abuse and is being held on $100,000 bail, according to the Associated Press.


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--KTLA News and a Times Staff Writer

Image: Clip of the You Tube video under investigation. Credit: KTLA News

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