ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) – The president of the Albuquerque police union has pleaded not guilty to charges of child abuse and intimidation of a witness.
The Albuquerque Journal reports Officer Stephanie Lopez made her first court appearance on Saturday.
She was arrested Thursday after authorities say she repeatedly struck a teenage relative during a dispute over a utility notice.
She was released from jail upon posting a $5,000 cash-only bond.
A criminal complaint filed by a Bernalillo County sheriff's deputy said the teen reported the abuse to a school official, who contacted authorities.
Lopez, who is 40, has been ordered not to possess a firearm or contact the teenager in the case.
She went on leave Friday from the police department and as president of the Albuquerque Police Officers Association.