Former deputy convicted of punching a restrained teenager in the face

BRIGHTON, Colo. - Following a six day trial, a fired Adams County Deputy was convicted of assault and child abuse for punching a restrained child.

David Morrow, 30, was sent to a reported disturbance at 8790 Welby Rd. in Adams County around 1:10 a.m. on June 12, 2011. There, he found a 15-year-old who appeared to be highly intoxicated.

The boy was taken to a hospital in an ambulance and was restrained by a paramedic because of verbally combative behavior.

"Witnesses report that Morrow entered the ambulance to retrieve his handcuffs," the district attorney's and sheriff said in a 2011 statement. "As he passed the juvenile restrained on the ambulance gurney, Morrow struck the juvenile on the face with a closed fist."

It was later determined that the juvenile suffered a broken jaw, officials said.

Morrow was later placed on unpaid administrative leave and subsequently fired after charges were filed.

An Adams County District Court jury delivered the guilty verdict late Monday. At that time, Morrow was taken into custody to await his sentencing.

Morrow faces between 5 and 16 years in prison when he is sentenced on Oct. 7.

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