Las Cruces – A Sunland Park police officer accused of assaulting his girlfriend has been freed from jail after his bond was reduced.
Juan Salcedo was jailed Wednesday on a $100,000 cash-only bond.
He was freed Friday after a Magistrate Court judge approved a bond secured with $50,000 in assets by Salcedo's family and attorneys on both sides agreed to the lower bail.
The Las Cruces Sun-News says the 21-year-old Salcedo has been placed on administrative leave from the Sunland Park Police Department.
He allegedly assaulted his girlfriend at his home on July 1.
Salcedo's attorney says the charges are "overblown and embellished" by the woman and he's confident his client will be cleared.
Information from: Las Cruces Sun-News, http://www.lcsun-news.com
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