Ex-cop indicted on child sex assault charge after Texas Rangers investigation
Thu, 21 Aug 2014 03:25:00 GMT —
A former Pharr police officer is facing a criminal charge after he was indicted by a grand jury.
Erasmo Mata Jr. is accused of sexually assaulting a minor, while other officers would stand watch, documents alleged.
The indictment comes after Texas Rangers investigated the case and turned over evidence to prosecutors.
A civil lawsuit was previously filed in federal court back in May.
The minor was sexually assaulted by the officer five times when he was on duty in 2013, according to the federal civil lawsuit filed on behalf of the minor.
The lawsuit claimed other Pharr police officers would stand watch while the sexual assault was being committed..
The federal civil lawsuit was filed against the officer, the City of Pharr, the Pharr Police Department and the Pharr police chief.
Records show an order to dismiss claims against the City of Pharr and the Pharr Police Chief Ruben Villescas have been granted.
A motion to dismiss Mata from the civil suit has been denied.
Hidalgo County District Attorney Rene Guerra told Action 4 News back in May that the case could be sent over to a grand jury if an arrest was not made.
A grand jury then indicted Mata on July 30, 2014, and an order for the 25-year-old TMs arrest has been issued for the felony charge.
Sexual assault of a child is a first degree felony punishable from five to 99 years behind bars and a fine of up to $10,000.
Mata is set to appear for an arraignment hearing on September 3, 2014 at 9:00 pm for the criminal charge.