Sanchez pleads guilty to lesser charges in child abuse case

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Sanchez pleads guilty to lesser charges in child abuse case

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EL CENTRO, Calif. (KSWT News 13) - A former Imperial County politician charged with felony child abuse after he was caught on video whipping his step-son for not being able to catch a ball has pleaded guilty to lesser charges.

In exchange for his guilty plea, Anthony Sanchez agreed to a misdemeanor charge for putting a child in danger.

Under his plea deal, Sanchez will serve three years probation, perform 50 hours of community service and attend anger management classes for a year.

Had the case gone to trial, Sanchez could have faced up to six years in prison.

Sanchez originally turned himself into to Imperial County Sheriff's last June, after a neighbor uploaded video on YouTube showing Sanchez in the backyard of his Heber home hitting his stepson with a belt.

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