Assault charge on CHP officer |

Assault charge on CHP officer

Ashley Gebb
Special to The Union

A California Highway Patrol officer was placed on administrative duties after his arrest on suspicion of spousal assault and child abuse, the CHP said Saturday.

Richard Joseph Handwork, 44, of the 1900 block of Bradley Estates Drive, Yuba City, was arrested by Yuba City police at 2:37 p.m. Friday at the CHP office on Poole Boulevard on suspicion of a felony charge of inflicting corporal injury to a spouse or cohabitant and a misdemeanor charge of willful cruelty to a child.

An internal investigation has been initiated and Handwork will remain on administrative duties until it is complete, said Capt. Jim Young, commander of the Yuba-Sutter CHP office.

“Obviously we are going to let the criminal side take its course through the District Attorney’s Office,” Young said.

He had no details about the incident or the investigation into the criminal charges, but he said Handwork was arrested after being asked to come to the CHP office to meet with police.

Police spokeswoman Shawna Pavey could not be reached for comment.

Handwork was booked into Sutter County Sheriff’s Department and released on $50,000 bail. He was given a Nov. 2 court date.

Handwork has been with the CHP for about 15 years, Young said.

Contact Marysville Appeal-Democrat reporter Ashley Gebb at 749-4724 or

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