- Associated Press - Wednesday, December 16, 2015

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. (AP) - The president of Albuquerque’s police union has resigned from her leadership post after authorities say she abused a teenage relative.

Stephanie Lopez was arrested last week on charges of child abuse and bribery or intimidation of a witness.

A criminal complaint filed by a Bernalillo County Sheriff’s detective says Lopez repeatedly struck the teenager during a dispute over a utility shut-off warning.

A spokeswoman for the Albuquerque Police Officers Association on Wednesday confirmed Lopez’s resignation as union president.

Lopez, who is 40, is a patrol officer with the Albuquerque Police Department. The department placed her on paid administrative leave after her arrest Thursday.

Lopez has pleaded not guilty to charges.

She was released the morning after her arrest after posting a $5,000 bond.

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