Former Sonoma County sheriff's deputy accused of beating man during domestic dispute call

A former Somona County sheriff’s deputy has been charged and accused of severely beating a man with a baton in his home last September during a domestic dispute call, officials said.

Scott Thorne, 40, of Walnut Creek, faces one felony count of assault by an officer, according to Joe Langenbahn, a spokesman for the Sonoma County district attorney’s office. Thorne is scheduled to appear in Sonoma County Superior Court on Jan. 17.

Thorne was arrested just after midnight Wednesday in connection with the charge, according to Sgt. Spencer Crum, a Sonoma County Sheriff’s Office spokesman. He was released two hours later after posting $10,000...