Former Wharton Police officer arrested on child sexual assault charges

By Bill Spencer - Investigative Reporter

HOUSTON - A former Wharton police officer was arrested and charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child, according to a press release from the Wharton Police Department.

According to the release, Jeffery Robles, 23, resigned from the police department on Jan. 29 and was arrested on Feb. 20.

Channel 2 Investigates knocked on Robles’ front door Sunday night. His brother answered the door and said Robles was not at home and more information on him and this case will come out in court.

Meanwhile, just down the street, Mary Gonzales, a mother and grandmother with 10 grandchildren, hopes this former officer gets the maximum punishment available if he is convicted.

“You know, innocent kids are being hurt and for a police officer to do something like that, it just doesn’t make sense. Police are supposed to protect children, not hurt them”, Gonzales said.

Robles was arrested Saturday and is currently free on $25,000 bond.

In the press release made available to Channel 2 News, the Wharton Police Department says, "Information, received post-resignation, regarding alleged criminal activity occurring outside our jurisdiction was referred to the Texas Rangers for investigation."

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