District Attorney Mark Hurlbert has charged a former Lake County sheriff’s deputy after a Taser was demonstrated on 34 Leadville High School students at a career fair April 8.
Deputy John Ortega resigned last week after he returned from a week on unpaid suspension.
Ortega is charged with 11 misdemeanor counts of child abuse causing injury, one count of child abuse causing no injury and nine counts of reckless endangerment. In total, Ortega could face up to 27 1/2 years in jail. All the time would be served in county jail.