KILLEEN - The Killeen Police Department arrested one of their own Wednesday after he was accused of sexually assaulting a woman last year.
Officer Christopher R. Morris was indicted by a Bell County grand jury Wednesday on charges of sexual assault and official oppression.
According to a KPD news release sent to media outlets late Wednesday, KPD said Morris was placed on administrative leave immediately and initiated an internal criminal investigation upon learning of the accusations in December.
“The internal investigation was concluded and as a result, Officer Christopher R. Morris’ employment was terminated on June 6, 2016, for violation of multiple departmental general orders and violation of local civil service rules and regulation,” KPD’s news release said.
Detective with KPD’s criminal investigations division said there was sufficient evidence to support criminal charges and sent the case for review by the Bell County District Attorney.
“KPD presented it to us and then we, with KPD, presented it to the grand jury,” said Paul McWilliams, Bell County’s first assistant district attorney.
According to Morris’ indictment, Morris is accused of forcing sexual intercourse on the victim on or about June 21, 2015.
The indictment also lists Morris’ official oppression charge in which he allegedly subjected his victim “to sexual harassment by making unwanted sexual advances” while Morris was “acting under color of his employment as a public servant, namely a Killeen Police Officer.”
“Christopher Morris’ actions violated the trust and failth placed in him by the community and this department,” said KPD Chief Dennis Baldwin in the release. “His conduct is inexcusable and will not be tolerated. He will be held accountable for any criminal conduct in a court of law.”
As the case was a direct presentation to the grand jury, no arrest affidavit detailing the alleged crime has been filed with the county, McWilliams said.
“It’s not a filed case,” McWilliams said. “It went directly to the grand jury.”
According to KPD, Morris was arraigned Wednesday by Justice of the Peace Bill Cooke, who set Morris’ bond at $100,000 for each charge for a total of $200,000 and he will soon be transferred to the Bell County Jail.
KPD said the investigation is continuing and refused to comment further as a civil service appeal is pending.
The grand jury also indicted the following individuals in unrelated cases:
Tyrell Jerome Foxworth, 28, of Killeen, on a charge of forgery by passing.
Trevon Anthony Damage Armstrong, 20, of Killeen, on a charge of theft of property $2,500 or more.
Darrell Terrell McMillan, 18, of Killeen, on a charge of burglary of a building.
Webb Buckner, 32, of Killeen, on two charges of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Steven Taylor Kyl Noe, 24, of Harker Heights, on a charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Anthony Quiles, 26, of Copperas Cove, on a charge of evading arrest with a vehicle.
Dana Dion-Dupre Gray, 23, of Killeen, on a charge of possession of a controlled substance 1 gram or more.
Ramond Armonda McElrathbey, 31, of Killeen, on charges of possession of a controlled substance 1 gram or more (repeat offender) and unauthorized use of a vehicle.
Mitchell Frank Anthony Pecoraro, 27, of Killeen, on a charge of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.
Neal Bernard Miller, 43, of Killeen, on a charge of driving while intoxicated 3rd or more.
Eric Edward Castillo, 25, of Killeen, on a charge of assault on a family/household member with previous conviction.
Ernest Gerard Harris, 29, of Killeen, on a charge of assault on a family/household member with a previous conviction.