(Neb)-Sheridan County Deputy Pleads Guilty In Child Abuse Case
RUSHVILLE - A Sheridan County Sheriff's deputy arrested this summer for child abuse has pleaded guilty in a plea agreement to one of the two charges he faced.
40-year-old Chris Henry will be sentenced on felony Intentional Child Abuse resulting in no injury following the completion of a presentence investigation. A charge of strangulation was dismissed as part of the plea deal.
Court documents do not detail what happened during the July incident that resulted in the charges, only a basic statement that Henry "knowingly or intentionally caused or permitted a minor child to be cruelly punished."
Assistant Attorney General Doug Warner acted as special prosecutor for the case because of potential conflict of interest issues for the Sheridan County Attorney's Office over its relationship with the sheriff's office.
Henry ran for sheriff in the May Republican primary, but lost by nearly a 3-1 margin to Jeff Brewer, who went on to easily win the November general election.
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