Odessa Police Officer Arrested For Two Felonies

Odessa Police Officer Arrested For Two Felonies

Staff Report
NewsWest 9

ODESSA - An Odessa Police officer finds himself on the other side of the law after being arrested for two felonies on Thursday.

Odessa Police tell NewsWest 9, Odessa Police Officer Salvador Becerra was charged and arrested with two counts of violations of the civil rights of a person in custody and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

We're told that back on March 10, a citizen reported to Odessa Police that an officer conducted himself inappropriately during a traffic stop. Officials say an inquiry into the matter was quickly conducted and lead them to Becerra.

The inquiry produced sufficient evidence for Police Chief Timothy Burton to order an administrative investigation into possible criminal conduct by Becerra.

Odessa Police said in a press release to NewsWest 9, "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."

A pre-disciplinary hearing has been scheduled for Becerra on Monday and a disciplinary hearing will be held on Wednesday.

We're told that Becerra was hired by Odessa Police back in February of 2012.

The Texas Rangers are continuing their investigation.