The teen, authorities said, and a group of friends later became sick after eating the pepper-spray tainted pizza.
Authorities charged Juan Tavera, 30, with one misdemeanor count of assault or battery by a public officer. If convicted, he faces a maximum sentence of one year in jail, according to the Orange County district attorney’s office.
Tavera, who is on paid administrative leave, is a six-year veteran of the Orange County Sheriff’s Department.
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