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LAPD officer charged in beating of teen relative in O.C.

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An LAPD officer who allegedly beat a teenage relative over poor grades and behavior was charged in Orange County this week with felony child abuse and corporal injury.

Prosecutors say Daniel Hun Chun, 39, was off duty March 13 when he allegedly confronted the teenager over poor grades and other behavior issues. Chun repeatedly hit the young man “with a variety of household items in the shoulders, back and buttocks,” according to an Orange County district attorney’s news release.

The beating left the teenager with welts and bruises, which were noticed by a school counselor, who reported it to police, according to the release.

Chun’s attorney, Jimmy Cha, declined to comment on the allegations, citing an ongoing investigation.

Chun was arrested by Fullerton police this week and has been released on $100,000 bail. His arraignment, which was scheduled for Friday in Orange County Superior Court, was postponed until May.  

If convicted, Chun faces up to six years in state prison.

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