EL CENTRO (AP) -- The former director of a California
water agency director has been charged with felony child abuse
after a neighbor posted online video that shows him hitting his
stepson with a belt for dropping a baseball during a game of
The Imperial Valley Press reports Saturday that Imperial County prosecutors charged Anthony Sanchez with two counts: corporal injury to a child and child abuse.
After the video was posted online and turned over to sheriff's
officials, Sanchez quit his post with the Imperial Irrigation
District overseeing water and electricity supply and distribution
in the Imperial and Coachella valleys.
Sanchez's attorney says the charges are out of proportion for
Sanchez's actions, given his lack of record and that lesser charges usually result in such cases.
The Associated Press