UVALDE, Texas – A police officer in Texas was arrested this week on the charge of sexual assault of a teen, according to a local report.
Laurance Martinez, an officer with the Uvalde Police Department, was arrested Thursday by Texas Rangers, according to the Uvalde Leader-News.
The 23-year-old’s arrest comes after the Uvalde Police Department launched an investigation into Martinez after receiving a tip from a local school district, the newspaper reported. According to the report, the reporting victim is 15.
UPD Chief Daniel Rodriguez requested the service of Texas Rangers because the investigation involved an officer.
After investigating the details surrounding the tip, investigators “determined that there was enough evidence to arrest Martinez,” the publication reported.
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Consequently, his employment with the police department was terminated upon his arrest.
Texas Rangers on Thursday arrested a Uvalde Police Department Officer on charges of sexual assault of a child. https://t.co/DBZpoqFBRk
— Uvalde Leader-News (@UvaldeNews) September 14, 2018
Prior to being taken into custody, Martinez began his career with the police department in 2014 as a dispatcher. Upon obtaining his peace officer license in May of 2016, he was hired by the department as a patrol officer.