Investigation of FCSO Presented To Grand Jury

Names cannot be released until if or when warrant(s) issued

?If and when the time comes and until a warrant is issued, the name or names of individuals indicted by the Travis County Grand Jury will not be made public, according to section 2.22B of the penal code,? said TCELOSE Director Ken Vickers concerning the ongoing investigation of the Freestone County Sheriff?s Department Training Program.

Vickers said the case was presented to the grand jury last week and even if he knew whether or not anyone was indicted, he couldn?t release the name the individuals until a warrant for their arrest has been issued. ?If they?re not in custody or bonded out on the charge, the indictment is not made public,? said Vickers. ?We really weren?t expecting this kind of delay in the case.?

The investigation into the Freestone County Sheriff?s Department is believed to concern a training class for jailers conducted late last year at the Sheriff?s Department Training Center on Hwy. 84 East, but the exact cause of the investigation has not been confirmed or released. According to Director Vickers, TCELOSE, which stands for Texas Commission on Law Enforcement Officer Standards and Education, administers and enforces the Texas Administration Code and is the regulatory agency for law enforcement having to do with licensening, credentialing and investigations that in a broad sense polices the police.

Freestone County Sheriff Don Anderson said last week that he had no knowledge of the case going to the grand jury and that he knew of no one from his department who had been subpoenaed to testify.

Anderson was elected Freestone County Sheriff in November of 2012 and began the position in January of 2013. He served as Chief Deputy for a number of years and was the Department?s Training Service Officer prior to being elected Sheriff.

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