PAPILLION, Neb. (WOWT) -- Papillion City Councilman Jason Gaines has been cited for misdemeanor child abuse.
Sources tell 6 News the victim is a 5-year-old boy who isn't his child but is sometimes under his care — and that the child allegedly had been grabbed and had visible finger marks on his arms and side.
The official citation is for negligent child abuse — no serious injury.
Gaines, 45, was ticketed last week by the Sarpy County Sheriff's Office.
Papillion Police forwarded the investigation to the sheriff because of a conflict of interest. As a council member, Gaines cast a vote on issues pertaining to the police department.
It’s not the first such incident involving the councilman. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to third-degree domestic assault, a Class 1 misdemeanor for which he was sentenced to 18 months probation.
Elected to the council in 2012 and re-elected in 2016, Gaines’ term expires in 2020.
6 News contacted the City of Papillion and was told by a spokesperson that city leaders are aware of the charge, but declined further comment.