Grand jury takes no action against Port Arthur police officer

Grand jury takes no action against Port Arthur police officer

Criminal District Attorney Cory Crenshaw announced Nov. 18 that the May term grand jury decided to take no action against a Port Arthur police officer who had been charged in a misdemeanor assault case.

Beaumont police were dispatched to a disturbance call in the 3900 block of Sarah Street off of Fannett Road at approximately 9:10 p.m. on August 8, according to information presented to the grand jury. Independent witnesses at the scene reportedly observed a disturbance between a man and a woman in the common area of the complex located there. BPD officers located the alleged victim, who was uncooperative and did not wish to press charges. The Port Arthur officer, who was detained by BPD officers, was inside her apartment. After the witnesses at the scene identified him as the actor in what was alleged to be an assault, he was arrested and taken into custody. 

Two separate charges of Terroristic Threat and Unlawful Restraint against the officer were presented to the grand jury for consideration.  Both offenses were Class A misdemeanors punishable by up to one year in county jail and or up to a $4,000 fine.

With the criminal investigation closed, the matter will now be handled administratively by the Port Arthur Police Department, according to the district attorney's office.