Oklahoma County deputy charged with child abuse

Tyler Clanahan, cropped photo from Facebook

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OKLAHOMA CITY – An Oklahoma County deputy is accused of child abuse.

Officials with the Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office confirmed with KFOR that deputy Tyler Clanahan resigned Friday following an investigation by the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Police started investigating Clanahan after a 7-year-old boy was found abused on Oct. 13, a police reports states.

An officer observed the child had numerous red marks and welts on his back, sides and on both of his legs.

According to the probable cause affidavit, the victim told investigators that Clanahan hit him dozens of times with a belt as punishment.

In the report, doctors say they could count the belt loop marks left on the child’s thigh and back.

On Tuesday, Nov. 15, Clanahan was charged with one count of felony child abuse.

Officials say Clanahan was hired as a detention officer at the jail in Nov. 2008.

He became a deputy in May 2013.

According to court records, a protective order was filed against Clanahan last month.

KFOR is working to gather more information.

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