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      Harlingen police officer fired weeks after indictment in rape case

      Elias Cardona // South Padre Island Police Department Photo

      A Harlingen police officer has been fired less than a month after being indicted for a Spring Break rape on South Padre Island.

      Harlingen Police Department officials confirmed that officer Elias Cardona has been fired.

      The move comes three weeks after a Cameron County grand jury indicted Cardona on a sexual assault charge.

      Cardona is expected to appear before Judge Janet Leal with the 103rd State District Court on Thursdsay, May 9th.

      South Padre Island police arrested Cardona back in March during Spring Break after he allegedly took advantage of an intoxicated woman.