Olney interim police chief fired after being arrested

YOUNG COUNTY, TX (KAUZ) - Robert Cross has been fired as the Interim Police Chief of Olney Police Department after being arrested and charged with Official Oppression. The Olney City Council made the decision in a special executive session.

Mayor Phil Jeske did not discuss the details of the crimes, but explained how the matter was handled. He said, "we were notified by the Texas Rangers that Robert Cross had been arrested. He was arraigned. He was bonded out this morning and gave us his letter of resignation, which is what we accepted tonight."

One resident, Maurice Grard, expressed why he does not think favorably of Cross. He said "[He was] pulling people over for bogus things like license plates that's not on their vehicle when they're on their vehicle. Pulling them over for a little jewel hanging off their mirror…"

The police department now only has four people on their staff, as well as some reserve officers. The mayor says they will begin pursuing opportunities to hire replacement officers in order to become fully staffed.

Olney Police Officer Robert Clark will now be the new Interim Chief Administrative Officer for the department.

Cross's charge of Official Oppression is a Class-A misdemeanor.

Below is the state statute for the charge of Official Oppression.

Sec. 39.03.  OFFICIAL OPPRESSION.  (a)  A public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he:

(1)  intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful;

(2)  intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful;  or

(3)  intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment.

(b)  For purposes of this section, a public servant acts under color of his office or employment if he acts or purports to act in an official capacity or takes advantage of such actual or purported capacity.

(c)  In this section, "sexual harassment" means unwelcome sexual advances, requests for sexual favors, or other verbal or physical conduct of a sexual nature, submission to which is made a term or condition of a person's exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, either explicitly or implicitly.

(d)  An offense under this section is a Class A misdemeanor, except that an offense is a felony of the third degree if the public servant acted with the intent to impair the accuracy of data reported to the Texas Education Agency through the Public Education Information Management System (PEIMS) described by Section 42.006, Education Code, under a law requiring that reporting.

Acts 1973, 63rd Leg., p. 883, ch. 399, Sec. 1, eff. Jan. 1, 1974.  Amended by Acts 1989, 71st Leg., ch. 1217, Sec. 1, eff. Sept. 1, 1989;  Acts 1991, 72nd Leg., ch. 16, Sec. 19.01(34), eff. Aug. 26, 1991.  Renumbered from Penal Code Sec. 39.02 by Acts 1993, 73rd Leg., ch. 900, Sec. 1.01, eff. Sept. 1, 1994.

Amended by: 

Acts 2013, 83rd Leg., R.S., Ch. 510 (S.B. 124), Sec. 2, eff. September 1, 2013.

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