McAllen ISD officer charged in domestic violence case
Tue, 07 Apr 2009 12:59:44 GMT —
A McAllen ISD police officer has been charged with aggravated assault in connection to a domestic violence case in Edinburg.
Investigators allege that Federico Balli, Jr. beat up his own wife at their home early Sunday morning.
According to Edinburg Police Chief Quirino Muoz, Balli drove his wife to McAllen Medical Center following the attack.
"She suffered either some breakage or fractures to the nose area and possibly other facial damage to the structure, Muoz said. Her eyes were also somewhat swollen and bruised."
Balli's attorney pushed for a lower bond in court by talking up her client TMs professional work as a police officer.
"Mr. Balli has been a law enforcement for the past 10 years, she said. He's assisted many narcotics divisions for undercover work and so forth.
The judge understood his line of work and set bond at $15,000 dollars but not before he ordered Balli to stay away from his wife Debra for 91 days under a protective order.
Action 4 News gave Balli an opportunity to speak after his arraignment.
Ryan: "Did you beat your wife?"
The question went unanswered, but one thing is quite clear: Balli could be looking at hard time for a crime allegedly committed at the hands of man sworn to uphold the law.
Action 4 News looked at the records and learned that Balli is a corporal with the McAllen ISD Police Department where he was first hired in October 2008.
Authorities told Action 4 News that Balli was stationed at one of the high schools but will be placed on administrative pay pending the outcome of the investigation.
School district spokesman Mark May said the school district TMs police department reported the incident to state officials.
"We have turned over information on this case to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education (TCLOSE) in Austin so they are aware of the situation, May said. TCLOSE will render a decision on what action to take which could possibly include suspending or revoking his peace officer's license."