TABC officer arrested for sexual assault - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

6/10/09

TABC officer arrested for sexual assault

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LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) - A Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent has been arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault, and one count of official oppression.

On Tuesday, 40-year-old Agent Joe Chavez, Jr. was arrested and taken to the Bastrop County Jail and is currently being held on a $225,000 bond for an alleged sexual assault during a minor sting operation in May. The criminal investigation is being conducted by the Bastrop County Sheriff's office and the Texas Rangers. 

Chavez has been placed on leave without pay. Additionally, the agency has suspended minor sting operations statewide pending a review of agency policies and procedures.

Chavez has no history of disciplinary actions or complaints filed against him since being hired by TABC in January 2004. As with all TABC agents, Chavez is a TCLEOSE-certified peace officer, and an extensive background check was conducted prior to being hired by TABC.

Sexual assault is a 2nd degree felony punishable by 2-20 years in prison and a possible fine up to $10,000. Official oppression is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $4,000 and/or up to a year in jail.

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