SHAWNEE, Okla. — A Shawnee police officer, arrested last month on allegations of child abuse, has been formally charged with a felony crime.
Darryl Bordeaux was charged Wednesday with child abuse by injury by “willfully/maliciously striking” a two-year-old between January 2018 and July 2018, court documents state.
"We can tell you victim in this case is a two-year-old stepchild of the defendant," said Adam Panter.
Panter is the First Assistant District Attorney for District 23, which covers both Lincoln and Pottawatomie counties.
According to the recently unsealed affidavit, Bordeaux was witnessed spanking the child multiple times with a “Lowe's-like measuring stick that had been cut up into three pieces."
"The allegations happened over a period of time and it was abuse that amounted much more than that of normal childhood discipline," Panter said News 4.
When Bordeaux spanked the child, “it sounded like two bricks hitting each other,” the affidavit reads. Bordeaux allegedly spanked the child on the buttocks, shoulders, and back and left significant bruising each time.
The affidavit further goes on to say Bordeaux had spanked the child for doing things “that were bad and for things that were not wrong” such as getting excited for her mother being home.
The Shawnee Police Department confirms Bordeaux remains on administrative leave as of Thursday.
"That is a concern at this case but the victim in this case is not some stranger," Panter said. "It’s a child that resided in his home, so there aren’t any allegations out there against him otherwise."
Bordeaux is due in court on September 25.
Greg Wilson, Bordeaux's attorney sent News 4 the following statement:
“Charges were just filed yesterday. We have not been provided the details of the allegations; however, Mr. Bordeaux would never abuse a child. Once all of the facts come to light, you will see a much different situation than being portrayed on TV by the DA candidate.”