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Posted: Friday, January 20, 2012 12:00 pm

By Philip Jankowski

Killeen Daily Herald

COPPERAS COVE - A suspended Killeen police officer is facing a second charge of sexual assault after being arrested in Copperas Cove Thursday.

Patrol officer Kirt Yarbrough Sr., 53, posted $50,000 bail and has been released from the jail, said Copperas Cove police spokesman Sgt. Kevin Keller.

Yarbrough is accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor. The juvenile is the same 16-year-old Killeen Independent School District high school student involved in an earlier charge against Yarbrough, said Keller.

A week ago, Yarbrough was arrested for a Dec. 19 alleged sexual assault at a hotel in Temple, an arrest affidavit states.

Thursday's arrest stems from a Dec. 13 alleged sexual assault at the Comfort Suites in the 1800 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, an arrest affidavit states.

Copperas Cove police began investigating Yarbrough after becoming aware of the Killeen investigation. Yarbrough lives in Copperas Cove.

The teenager met with a sexual assault nurse examiner on Tuesday. The juvenile told the nurse the two went to a Copperas Cove hotel where they engaged in sexual activity, the arrest affidavit states.

Yarbrough did not return a phone message left at his home Thursday.

The alleged victim was a member of Killeen Police Explorer, a youth outreach program, and Yarbrough was a representative of the program. He is listed as a contact on the program's MySpace Web page. The juvenile and Yarbrough are friends on Facebook.

Killeen police suspended the program, pending an administrative review, and placed Yarbrough on paid administrative leave Jan. 5. Killeen police arrested the officer Jan. 12, and he posted $100,000 bail the same day.

Yarbrough, a 16-year Killeen police veteran, has been associated with the youth program since at least 2002.

Killeen police officials continue to investigate Yarbrough, who could face more criminal charges. The department also is investigating possible violations of department policies.

Sexual assault is a second-degree felony. If convicted, Yarbrough could face up to 20 years in prison.

Contact Philip Jankowski at philipj@kdhnews.com or (254) 501-7553. Follow him on Twitter at KDHcrime.

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