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UPDATE: Odessa Officer Arrested On 3 Felony Charges

An Odessa Police Office is under arrest accused of three felonies.

UPDATE: 

An Odessa police officer faces multiple felony charges. He's accused of 3 counts of improper sexual activity with a person in custody, stemming from at least 3 separate instances.

An investigation by the Odessa Police Department and Texas Rangers, put officer Salvador Becerra in jail facing two charges.

A 3rd victim came forward.

Becerra faces a third count of improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

An affidavit obtained by Big 2 News, which outlines video and audio evidence against Becerra.

In one case, Becerra was recorded stating, “Call me and this will remain between us ok?” after inappropriately touching a woman.

During the investigation, one victim produced an Odessa Police business card with Salvador on the front and his cell phone number written on the back.

The Odessa police department scheduled two hearings about Becerra.


ODESSA, TX (Big 2 News) -- An Odessa Police Office is under arrest accused of two felonies.

Here's the full press release from OPD:
DATE: March 13, 2014
TYPE OF INCIDENT: Violations of the Civil Rights of Person in Custody: Improper Sexual Activity with Person in Custody “State Jail Felony”
DATE/TIME REPORTED: March 13, 2014, at approximately 1700 hours
LOCATION: Odessa Police Department
SUMMARY:

On the above date and time, Odessa Police Department Officer Salvador Becerra, was charged and arrested with two counts of Violations of the Civil Rights of Person in Custody; Improper Sexual Activity with Person in Custody, a State Jail Felony.

On March 10, 2014, a citizen reported to the Odessa Police Department that an officer conducted himself inappropriately during a traffic stop.  An inquiry into the matter was conducted without delay.  The officer was determined to be Salvador Becerra.

The inquiry produced sufficient evidence to warrant Chief Timothy Burton to order an immediate administrative investigation by the Professional Standards Unit into possible criminal conduct by Becerra.  Chief Burton further ordered a concurrent criminal investigation be conducted, and requested the Department of Public Safety, Texas Rangers to take the lead in the case.

Although the investigation into this matter by the Texas Rangers continues, sufficient probable cause has been developed to warrant the arrest today of Becerra on two separate counts of Violation of the Civil Rights of a Person in Custody: Improper Sexual Activity with a Person in Custody, a State Jail Felony. 

The behavior Becerra is alleged to have engaged in is unprofessional and illegal.   It will not be tolerated by the Odessa Police Department officers who do their best each day to keep the City of Odessa safe.  These actions are not a reflection of the entire department and in no way are they indicative of high standards of professionalism and integrity exhibited by the Odessa Police Department. 

Pursuant to Odessa Police Department and City of Odessa personnel policy, a pre-disciplinary administrative hearing has been scheduled for Becerra on Monday, March 17, 2014.  An administrative disciplinary hearing has also been scheduled for Wednesday, March 19, 2014.  

Becerra was hired by the Odessa Police Department on February, 13, 2012.

The administrative and criminal investigations are ongoing.

Questions regarding the criminal investigation should be referred to the Texas Rangers.

 

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