Harlingen Police Chief Danny Castillo fired Officer Jose Infante after a review hearing this week.The police chief believes Infante violated several department policies and procedures.
Civil Service Director Sheryl Reed gave CHANNEL 5 NEWS a copy of the chief’s report.
The chief says Infante worked as an on-premises security officer for the Lemoyne Gardens Housing Project in exchange for free housing.On September 16, the apartment managers asked Infante for help handling a tenant eviction.
The managers canceled their call for help.The chief writes, “Officer Infante advised he would still go by the apartment to check.”The police investigation revealed the officer went to an apartment and spoke to a 16-year-old girl who was home alone with a baby.He reportedly told her “he had to search the apartment for drugs.”She claims the search wasn’t real.
Then the teen says Infante told her he had to search her body.The chief writes, “She quickly became uncomfortable with the way he was touching her as he ran his hand down the side of her body. She said he asked her to pull her bra forward to make sure she didn’t have anything under her bra.
“He then started to conduct a search of her chest area and used the palms of his hands to press against her breasts, causing the exposure of her breasts. When he stopped, she moved away from Officer Infante. Officer Infante then asked if he could touch her breasts again.”
We learned Infante has the option to appeal to the Civil Service commission or to an independent third party.The police investigation also alleges Infante threatened to “take care” of the housing authority director “out in the streets” for terminating him.Infante hasn’t been arrested or criminally charged, but the chief writes he found cause for removal or suspension.The teen took a polygraph test and passed.
The chief writes, “Officer Infante had failed the polygraph examination and had been deceptive in his answers.”The police chief has refused to discuss details of the allegations or the officer’s firing.CHANNEL 5 NEWS will keep you updated on the investigation and let you know whether Infante files an appeal.
This week, James Edward Hurn, 28, the man suspected of giving her the patch, was arrested and charged with murder, manslaughter and drug violations.
Scott, a 21-year-old University of Alabama student from Magnolia Springs, was found unconscious on the morning of Dec. 2 in an apartment rented by Hurn and his
roommate, said Capt. Loyd Baker, chief of the Tuscaloosa Police Homicide Division.
At some point in her last evening, Scott applied a fentanyl adhesive patch to her skin, Baker said.
“We believe the drug was administered through the patch to her skin,” Baker said. “Mr. Hurn is believed to be the one who provided her with that patch.”
A Tuscaloosa County grand jury indicted Hurn on Nov. 5.
He turned himself in Thursday and was released on $20,000 bail later that day, Baker said.
Fentanyl patches, available by prescription only, apply a narcotic for patients who need around-the-clock medication to treat persistent moderate to severe pain, according to information from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration.
The agency has received reports of deaths or life-threatening side effects from misuse of the patches, according to the FDA Web site.
Conrad Porter, 71, of Roanoke, made the guilty pleas in Roanoke City circuit court.
He could get up to 20 years in prison.
A realtor showing Porter’s home to a prospective buyer found a box containing child pornography back in May.
The realtor called police.
Porter admitted to having the child pornography two times, according to the prosecutor in the case.
First, he told police at his home as they gathered evidence in the case.
A few hours later, he admitted it to an investigator.
Porter will be formally sentenced on January 4, 2010.
He’s also due back in court next month on a separate charge.
Porter is charged with having sex with a girl under the age of 13.
Court records claim the alleged crime happened in Roanoke back in 1974.
Officials with the Carter County Sheriff’s Office tell us Montgomery, who is from Springer, served as a men’s Sunday School teacher and worked with the Lone Grove Schools as an ag assistant until resigning just before his arrest Friday.
Undersheriff Anthony says Montgomery is accused of inappropriately touching the little girl below the waist.
Officials tell us Montgomery has hired an attorney and is in the Carter County Jail tonight. He is scheduled to remain behind bars until his initial court appearance on Monday