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Belton police officer charged with assault

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Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:30 am

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.

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4 comments:

  • hmmm posted at 8:20 pm on Tue, Mar 25, 2014.

    hmmm Posts: 1

    David was found innocent of all charges by 6 Bell County jurors after deliberating for approx. 30 minutes. The police department and prosecution were on a witch hunt and overstepped their authority. They removed a child from her home even after she admitted she lied and did all this because she was angry, ruined a mans reputation and career, and affected countless extended members of this family. This has been an unfortunate situation where Bell County/Belton Police Department were made to look foolish, unprofessional, and disgraceful. What a waste of tax payers money!

     
  • Sam Brown posted at 6:29 pm on Tue, Oct 15, 2013.

    Sam Brown Posts: 1

    Unfortunately Jessup has a history of poor decisions. There are some people that do not need to be "peace officers" and this guy is one of them. I truly hope that the prosecutor takes a look at Jessup's case and disciplinary history as I believe it shows a history of improper action.

     
  • jbtsr posted at 11:25 am on Mon, Sep 16, 2013.

    jbtsr Posts: 66

    Wow! Yep. Here is another situation where one incident outweighs a lifetime of achievement. Justice? Surely, he didn't do it because she ate the last piece of pizza. Whatever the reason, I hope, if he is a good cop that he is not ruined. To paraphrase: Warren Buffet said it takes 20 years to build a career and can be ruined in less than five minutes. He would've been better off taking a belt to her backside.

     
  • cz14 posted at 1:12 pm on Thu, Sep 12, 2013.

    cz14 Posts: 22

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