Central Texas jail administrator indicted

Lt. Karen Porter. (Coryell County photo)
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GATESVILLE, Texas (KWTX) Coryell County Jail Administrator Lt. Karen Porter has been indicted on an official oppression charge, authorities confirmed Monday.

The Coryell County Grand Jury handed up the indictment Thursday.

The indictment stems from a Texas Rangers investigation that was launched after a jail inmate lodged a complaint of assault in August, the details of which weren't immediately released.

The charge is a Class A misdemeanor with a maximum punishment of one-year in jail and up to a $4,000 fine.

Porter is on paid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation, which authorities alluded was far from over.

"The grand jury made the decision and there are some things in the grand jury that will be vetted a little further," said Coryell County Attorney Brandon Belt.

"I heard some testimony in the grand jury for the first time that I had not heard."

"I have a few more questions before I decide what to do with the case," he said.

No further details were immediately available.