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Long Beach Cop Pleads Not Guilty To Assaulting, Threatening His Wife

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LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A Long Beach Police Department officer accused of assaulting and threatening his wife pleaded not guilty Tuesday to 21 criminal counts.

Brandon Preciado faces 10 felony counts of corporal injury to a spouse, six felony counts of assault with a deadly weapon, three felony counts of assault by means likely to produce great bodily injury and one felony count of criminal threats.

Preciado is also charged with a misdemeanor count of resisting, obstructing or delaying a peace officer.

The alleged assaults occurred between Sept. 18 and Thursday in the couple’s Pico Rivera home, according to Deputy District Attorney Jason Lustig.

The criminal complaint alleges that the weapons used include a flashlight, belt, hammer, broom handle and baton.

It took Los Angeles County sheriff’s deputies more than five hours to get Preciado to come out of his home early Thursday.

Preciado was being held in lieu of $450,000 bail. A hearing is scheduled for Jan. 27.

The judge in the case also issued a protective order barring Preciado from contacting his wife and ordered him to wear an alcohol monitoring device if he posts bail.

Long Beach PD officials said 29-year-old Preciado was temporarily relieved of his duties pending further investigation.

(©2012 CBS Local Media, a division of CBS Radio Inc. All Rights Reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten, or redistributed. Wire services contributed to this report.)

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