BELTON — A Belton police detective is facing assault charges after he allegedly struck a minor in the face.
David Bruce Jessup, 38, was charged with assault family violence in connection with allegedly hitting a 16-year-old female related to him, according to a statement from the city of Belton. She suffered minor injuries to her face that required medical attention.
“This is an unfortunate situation,” Belton Police Chief Gene Ellis said in a written statement. “Even though he is an employee, we still have to look out for the victim and treat this like we would any other investigation of this nature. Nobody is above the law.”
Jessup was taken into custody Sept. 5 and released from Bell County Jail on Friday after posting $20,000 bond.
Further information about the alleged assault had not been made public as of press time.
Jessup’s arrest now places his career in jeopardy. Since his arrest, he has remained on paid administrative leave.
If convicted, federal law would prohibit Jessup from being able to handle a gun, making it impossible for him to be a police officer, said Laura LeBlanc, a spokeswoman for the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education.
LeBlanc said the commission also recommends prosecutors make lifetime bans from law enforcement a part of any plea deal to a lesser charge.
“We feel very strongly that if an officer is convicted of a crime, he should not be allowed to be a peace officer,” she said.
Jessup, a nine-year veteran of the department, is a member of the Bell County Organized Task Force. Prior to working for Belton PD, he was a police officer in Marlin, Granger, Barlett and Bertram. He also worked as a guard at a Immigrations and Customs Enforcement jail in Williamson County.
Belton PD awarded Jessup with a Life Saving Commendation in 2005 for pulling an unconscious woman from a burning car.