A month ago, the Houston Press brought you an in-depth story chronicling how cops nationwide have molested dozens of teenage police cadets who had enrolled in the Explorer Program, which is chartered through Boys Scouts of America subsidiary Learning for Life.
As if to drive home the veracity of our story, a Killeen cop was charged with sexual assault earlier this month after he allegedly had an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old female Explorer.
According to KXXV, Kirt Yarbrough Sr. was placed on administrative leave on January 4 and arrested on January 12 after an investigation by the Bell County District Attorney's office. Yarbrough, a 16-year veteran, posted his $100,000 bond the day of his arrest. The continuing investigation could result in the filing of additional charges, Killeen cops said in a press release.
KCEN dug up more lurid details over the weekend.
They reported that the incident happened in December. Yarbrough reportedly took the girl to a Killeen motel and performed a sex act on her. The motel confirmed that Yarbrough did rent a room there on December 19. Cellphone pictures show Yarbrough and the girl smooching, as have texts believed to be indicative of a sexual relationship.
Killeen's police department has suspended the program pending an administrative review. Killeen police chief Dennis Baldwin released this statement:
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"The badge of a Police Officer is a symbol of the public's faith and trust. Any criminal act involving police officers dishonors this symbol and violates the trust the community places in them. The Killeen Police Department works diligently to provide the best police services possible and to build trust with the community."
We imagine similar pretty speeches were given when similar travesties occurred in Brownwood, Cedar Park, Fort Worth and Corsicana, Texas, not to mention the 11 incidents in Florida, or the documented forty-plus other cases nationwide.