Man involved in Red Rock Canyon School brawl pleads not guilty to child abuse

In this file photo, law enforcement officers respond to an incident at Red Rock Canyon School, St. George, Utah, April 28, 2019 | Photo by Joseph Witham, St. George News

ST. GEORGE — An man who was working at a youth treatment facility in St. George when a fight broke out has pleaded not guilty to a charge of child abuse.

The man, 38-year-old Gino Euler Sanchez, was scheduled to attend court for an arraignment Aug. 16, but by submitting a not-guilty plea, the arraignment has been vacated.

Sanchez was charged June 28 with a class A misdemeanor count of child abuse involving physical injury after allegedly punching a student at Red Rock Canyon School April 28.

Police were called to the facility on St. George Boulevard after a large brawl broke out at the school for troubled youth. During the riot, 25 people were injured, four people were sent to the hospital and five students were arrested.

Sanchez has a number of previous run-ins with the law.

In 1999, Sanchez pleaded guilty to two class B misdemeanors, including criminal trespass and simple assault. In 2000, he was charged with a class B misdemeanor count of threat against life or property and a class A misdemeanor count of disorderly conduct, the former of which was later dropped after Sanchez struck a plea deal.

Sanchez is scheduled to appear in court for a roll call hearing July 30 at 8:30 a.m.

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