Albuquerque police union leader pleads not guilty to abuse

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Posted: Dec 12, 2015 8:37 PM
Albuquerque police union leader pleads not guilty to abuse

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) — The president of the Albuquerque police union has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and intimidation of a witness.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Officer Stephanie Lopez made her first court appearance on Saturday.

She was arrested Thursday after authorities say she repeatedly struck a teenage relative during a dispute over a utility notice.

She was released from jail upon posting a $5,000 cash-only bond.

A criminal complaint filed by a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy said the teen reported the abuse to a school official, who contacted authorities.

Lopez, who is 40, has been ordered not to possess a firearm or contact the teenager in the case.

She went on leave Friday from the police department and as president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.

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Information from: Albuquerque Journal, http://www.abqjournal.com