Former officer indicted for false arrest

Former officer indicted for false arrest

New details have surfaced following allegations filed against a former Brownsville police officer.

A Cameron County grand jury indicted former Brownsville police officer Sonny Pedraza last week.

The indictment remained sealed until this week when Action 4 News obtained a copy.

According to the indictment, it all has do with the false arrest of a woman.

Pedraza allegedly detailed in a police report that he noticed a woman swaying side-to-side as she walked down the 100 block of Cedar street looking for her boyfriend's house back in October 2012.

Pedraza arrested the woman for public intoxication.

A grand jury reviewed the case and determined it was a wrongful arrest.

Pedraza was indicted last week on one count of tampering with government records and one count of official oppression.

According to the indictment, Pedraza acted under the color of his office or employment as a public servant, namely, a Brownsville Police Officer.

Brownsville Police Chief Orlando Rodriguez would not specifically comment on Pedraza's indictment.

However, Chief Rodriguez did confirm that he has been placed on indefinite suspension without pay.

Pedraza was given a $5,000 personal recognizance bond.

An arraignment is set for April 11, 2013.