Kempner: Interim chief named after police chief’s resignation
KEMPNER, Texas (KWTX) - An interim chief has been named after Kempner’s police chief submitted his resignation early last week.
Heriberto ‘Eddie’ Rodriguez, who was appointed Friday, has been a peace officer since 2008, holds a master peace officer license and has a master’s degree in criminal justice, the city said in a press release.
He succeeds Kempner police Chief Charles Edward Rodriguez, who resigned on June 8, the Lampasas Dispatch Record reported.
The Kempner City Council hired Heriberto Rodriguez in February to fill a part-time temporary position as a police officer, the newspaper reported earlier.
The two are not related.
Charles Edward Rodriguez was arrested in June 2020 on a warrant stemming from an investigation of allegations he failed to report sexual assault and harassment complaints by a student while serving as a campus officer at Texas A&M University-Central Texas in Killeen.
He turned himself in and was later released after posting a $2,000 bond.
The investigation that led to his arrest started on March 11, 2020, when Killeen police received information that Rodriguez, while serving as chief of the campus police force at A&M-Central Texas, failed to report Title IX violations as required by law after a student reported instances of sexual harassment, sexual assault, dating violence or stalking involving a former university employee.
In October 2020, former Texas A&M Central Texas University police Officer Jason Luis Nelson, 27, of Killeen, was arrested by Killeen police with the assistance of the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force in connection with the investigation.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Nelson, and the victim, identified only as “J.G.” were in a dating relationship from September 2019 until January 2020 when “J.G. told (Nelson) she did not want him to contact her and changed her phone number.”
On Feb. 18, 2020, the affidavit says, J.G. “filed a complaint with the Texas A&M University Central Texas Police Department reporting that (Nelson) harassed her by email and after J.G. asked him to stop and defendant came to her home multiple times.”
She later said she wanted to drop the claims “because she wanted peace,” the affidavit said.
She moved to a different city, the affidavit said, and “has changed her phone number and lives in fear that (the) suspect will retaliate against her.”
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