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Deputy pleads not guilty to corporal injury to a child

February 1, 2018 GMT

A Sutter County sheriff’s deputy pleaded not guilty Tuesday to charges of corporal injury to a child.

He will return to court in a few weeks and has been ordered to temporarily cease communications with the alleged victim.

Sebastian Herrera, 26, of Plumas Lake was arrested Jan. 23 after Child Protective Services contacted the Yuba County Sheriff’s Office with allegations of physical abuse of a 7-year-old boy.

According to court documents, the suspect assaulted the child with a wooden paddle causing “significant bruising to the victim’s buttocks.” The incident is alleged to have occurred at Herrera’s residence on Jan. 19.

Herrera has been on administrative leave from the sheriff’s office since the night of his arrest.

Herrera, who was released from custody Jan. 25 on his own recognizance, will remain out of custody following Tuesday’s arraignment. A day earlier, a Yuba County judge ordered the suspect to refrain from making any contact with the victim until Feb. 20.

He will return to the Yuba County Superior Courthouse on Feb. 14 at 9 a.m.