DA not filing charges against KCSO deputy arrested in June on suspicion of spousal abuse

BAKERSFIELD, Calif. - The District Attorney's office said there is insufficient evidence to charge an 11-year veteran of the Kern County Sheriff's Department with spousal abuse and false imprisonment.
 
District Attorney Lisa Green has been reviewing possible charges against Deputy Lawrence Thatcher, first reported in June, but announced today there is insufficient evidence to support the charges beyond a reasonable doubt and rejected the case for prosecution.
 
Thatcher works for the Ridgecrest sub station.
 
On June 29, Thatcher was arrested after the Kern County Sheriff's office received reports of a domestic violence situation involving him. 
 
When asked for additional details involving the domestic violence, Sheriff Donny Youngblood said the department received multiple reports involving different situations.      
 
Thatcher works for the Ridgecrest sub station.
     
The sheriff's office said Thatcher is still on paid administrative leave, and his status is unknown.

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