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Deputy charged with child abuse pleads guilty to one of two charges

Deputy charged with child abuse pleads guilty to one of two charges
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The Deputy with the Sheridan County Sheriff Department who was arrested this summer for child abuse has pleaded guilty one of the two charges he faced.

40-year-old Chris Henry has pleaded guilty to a felony charge of Intentional Child Abuse resulting in no injury. In exchange for his guilty plea, a charge of Strangulation was dismissed.

Court documents say during the July incident, Henry “knowingly or intentionally caused or permitted a minor child to be cruelly punished.” There was no affidavit filed in this case detailing the circumstances of the investigation.

Special Prosecutor Doug Warner says a presentence investigation report has been ordered. Once completed, Henry will be sentenced on the Class 3A Felony by District Judge Travis O’Gorman in Box Butte County.

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