H-SANTA BARBARA COUNTY

Aug 30, 2013 3:25 PM by Kathrene Herndon, KSBY News

Custody deputies charged with assault by a public officer plead not guilty

Two Santa Barbara County Sheriff custody deputies charged with assault by a public officer pleaded not guilty Friday morning.

Criminal charges were filed against Robert Kirsch and Christopher Johnson after a Santa Barbara County Jail inmate complained of unnecessary use of force, according to the sheriff's office.

The sheriff's office says the complaint was brought to its attention on June 18 and, after an investigation, notified the district attorney's office of its findings.

The sheriff's office says the charges against Kirsch and Johnson were filed after the district attorney's office reviewed the evidence.

Santa Barbara County District Attorney Joyce E. Dudley announced the charges on Aug. 16.

Officials with the Santa Barbara County District Attorney's office say both Kirsch and Johnson remain out of custody.

They are scheduled to be back in court on Oct. 8.

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