Kern County sher­iff ’s deputy booked

Of­fi­cer sus­pected in a do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent that oc­curred Wed­nes­day is ar­rested and placed on leave.

Los Angeles Times - - OBITUARIES - veron­ica.rocha @la­times.com By Veron­ica Rocha

A Kern County sher­iff’s deputy was ar­rested Thursday on sus­pi­cion of spousal bat­tery and false im­pris­on­ment, au­thor­i­ties said.

The Kern County Sher­iff’s Of­fice re­leased few de­tails about the do­mes­tic vi­o­lence in­ci­dent, say­ing only that it oc­curred Wed­nes­day and in­volved Deputy Lawrence Thatcher.

Thatcher, an 11-year vet­eran of the Sher­iff’s Of­fice, was taken into cus­tody, and of­fi­cials said he will be booked into Cen­tral Re­ceiv­ing Fa­cil­ity.

He was placed on ad­min­is­tra­tive leave, au­thor­i­ties said.

His fa­ther, who is also named Lawrence Thatcher and was a Kern County sher­iff’s deputy, and two other deputies were hon­ored in 2003 by the Na­tional Cen­ter for Miss­ing and Ex­ploited Chil­dren for their work in a case in­volv­ing two An­te­lope Val­ley teenage girls who were ab­ducted Aug. 1, 2002, by Roy Ratliff, said sher­iff ’s Se­nior Deputy Dan­isha Ash­ley.

The younger Thatcher was as­signed to the Ridge­crest sta­tion, Sher­iff Donny Young­blood told KBAK-TV.

He is at least the third Kern County sher­iff ’s deputy this year to face crim­i­nal charges.

In May, two for­mer deputies, Lo­gan Au­gust and Der­rick Pen­ney, pleaded guilty to con­spir­acy to dis­trib­ute and pos­ses­sion with the in­tent to dis­trib­ute mar­i­juana, U.S. Atty. Phillip A. Tal­bert said.

Fed­eral au­thor­i­ties said the for­mer deputies con­spired to steal mar­i­juana from the Kern County Sher­iff ’s Of­fice stor­age unit. The mar­i­juana had been seized dur­ing crim­i­nal in­ves­ti­ga­tions. They have agreed to for­feit any money they earned from the traf­fick­ing op­er­a­tion.

Au­gust and Pen­ney face up to five years in prison.

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