A Colorado sheriff’s deputy was arrested after he allegedly choked his daughter by lifting her up by the neck—all because he didn’t like the length of his daughter’s shorts, The Greeley Tribune reports.
Derek Kinch, 32, was arrested last Tuesday on charges of second-degree assault and misdemeanor child abuse, the Denver Post reports. He has been placed on unpaid administrative leave.
Kinch has reportedly been with the Weld County Sheriff’s Office since 2008.
The alleged choking incident took place on July 15, and almost a week later, the daughter continued to claim that she had neck pain, an arrest affidavit claimed.
Her mother took her to a hospital, and later, both the daughter and Kinch’s wife told police about the alleged assault.
She also claimed that Kinch had been physically and verbally abusive on an ongoing basis, but she had been reluctant to leave him because she was scared for the safety of her children.
The daughter claimed to police that Kinch would “spank” her with rulers, hangers, and belts using all his strength.
Kinch, however, claimed that he only held his daughter away from him after she began attacking him, and that he did not choke her, according to the arrest report.
Kinch was released from jail on a $25,000 bond on Wednesday.
[Image: Weld County Sheriff’s Office]