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Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy arrested for assault

An off duty Hidalgo County sheriff’s deputy was arrested Sunday and charged with assaulting a public servant.

Roberto Rivera was arrested by the Palmhurst Police Department and charged with Assault on a Public Servant, according to a Monday news release from Hidalgo County Sheriff J.E. Eddie Guerra.

20190617 RobertoriveraBookingPhotoRivera is on administrative leave with pay pending an internal investigation as a standard protocol, according to the release.

Details of the incident weren’t immediately available and requests for comment to Palmhurst police Chief Michael A. Vela were unanswered.

“I am committed to preserving the public’s confidence and trust in the Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office,” Guerra said in a statement. “We will continue to investigate any and all allegations of employee misconduct, and I will take the necessary and appropriate actions to maintain accountability and transparency to you, the citizens we serve.”

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