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Former district director for State Rep. Terry Canales arrested on felony charge

Edinburg police arrested a state representative’s district director on a felony charge of injury to a child Wednesday, CBS 4 News has confirmed. (Photo Source: Edinburg Police Department)

Editor's note: This story has been updated with comment from State Rep. Terry Canales.

Edinburg police arrested the former district director for State Rep. Terry Canales (D-Edinburg) on a felony charge of injury to a child Wednesday, CBS 4 News has confirmed.

Alejandro Jose Rios, 38, of Edinburg was arrested at his place of business, Kids Kollege Learning Center, located on the 300 block of Conquest Boulevard. Police say Rios had an arrest warrant stemming from an incident that was reported in September 2018.

Rios has since been terminated from his role as district director, according to Canales. The state representative tells CBS 4 News that he prays the allegations against Rios are not true.

Rios was magistrated and arraigned Wednesday by Edinburg Municipal Court Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios and was given a $25,000 bond.

Read the full statement from Rep. Terry Canales below:

"As per my office’s Zero Tolerance policy, immediately upon notice that Mr. Rios was under investigation by the HHSC for an issue dealing with his personal business, he was administratively suspended. Upon learning of this new information, his employment with this office was terminated. I pray for all parties involved that the allegations are not true. My District office remains open, as we prepare for what will undoubtedly be a very busy legislative session."
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