Donna police sergeant facing criminal charges

Sgt. George Albert Novelo

A Donna police sergeant found himself on the other side of the law after being arrested in a case where he's accused of using pepper spray on an inmate.

Hidalgo County Sheriff's Office deputies reported arrested Donna Police Sgt. George Alberto Novelo under multiple criminal charges.

The 44-year-old police sergeant is facing assault, official oppression and violation of the civil rights of a person in custody charges.

Investigators told Action 4 News that Novelo is accused of attacking an inmate at the Donna City Jail back on January 17th.

Deputies said surveillance video revealed that Novelo assaulted and pepper sprayed inmate Jonathan E. Morales three times.

Investigators reported that Novelo pepper sprayed Morales without cause.

Novelo appeared before Hidalgo County Justice of the Peace Bobby Contreras on Tuesday morning.

The Donna police sergeant remains in custody at the Hidalgo County Jail under $30,000 dollars in bonds.