Rio Arriba County deputy faces charges after tasing teen

New Mexico

ESPANOLA, N.M. (KRQE) – The Rio Arriba County deputy who tased a high school special needs student is now facing charges.

Video shows Deputy Jeremy Barnes tasing the 15-year-old student at Espanola High School back in May. The Attorney General’s office has now charged Barnes with child abuse, false imprisonment, aggravated battery and violating the governmental conduct act.

“Public school settings should be the safest environments in the state of New Mexico, and clearly the video shows that there was trauma, use of force, and now we have a complex, complicated and expensive case,” Attorney General Hector Balderas said.

Rio Arriba County officials confirm Barnes has been fired. It’s not the first time either. He worked for Milan and Grants police departments but was fired from there too. In Grants, it was for tasing a handcuffed suspect.

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