Ivanhoe Marshal Terry Riley was indicted by a Tyler County grand jury on a charge of official oppression, ABC-12 reported.
The charge, a Class A misdemeanor, involves an officer intentionally mistreating a subject or arresting or detaining them unlawfully. Riley’s license as a law enforcement officer could be suspended for up to 10 years if he is found guilty.
Riley was arrested on the charge on Tuesday before being released on a $500 bond, the Tyler County Booster reported on Facebook.
That publication said the grand jury indictment of June 7 alleges that Riley intentionally subjected Raymond Harrison to “detention or seizure or dispossession that [Riley] knew was unlawful.”
Ivanhoe Mayor Cathy Bennett told ABC-12 that Riley is innocent and the city will not put him on administrative leave.
“Our city marshal has done nothing wrong; we stand behind him 100%,” she said. “Everything will work out if it goes to trial.”
The Texas Department of Public Safety said in a news release that the state Attorney General’s Office appointed the Texas Rangers to conduct a criminal investigation into the allegations of official oppression, and the completed investigation was submitted to the Tyler County grand jury.
“This remains an ongoing criminal investigation and additional details cannot be released at this time,” the release said.