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DA won't prosecute sheriff's deputy accused of spousal abuse

KBAK/KBFX photo, file

The Kern County District Attorney's Office has decided not to charge a sheriff's deputy with spousal abuse.

Deputy Lawrence Thatcher, an 11-year veteran last assigned to the Ridgecrest substation, was arrested in June.

The DA announced Thursday that there's "insufficient evidence to support the charges beyond a reasonable doubt."

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