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Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Colorado deputy who tasered 30 students resigns

April 28, 2010
ABC News

LAKE COUNTY, Colo. -- A Lake County sheriff's deputy has resigned after he used a stun gun at a career fair on 30 high school students who said they wanted to know what it felt like.

Sheriff Ed Holte said Deputy John Ortega submitted a simple resignation letter April 12 -- four days after the incident at Lake County High School. The sheriff has already hired a replacement.

The district attorney, who is reviewing the Taser incident, has not decided whether Ortega will face charges, Holte said.

Ortega had removed the Taser's twin prongs and only shocked the students with the less-powerful stun mode, sheriff's spokeswoman Betty Benson said after the incident.

Yet officials said some students suffered burns of varying degrees when Ortega applied the Taser to their legs. At least one student was treated at a hospital.

Ortega had been a deputy for 20 months.

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