Somerville Officer Charged with Kidnapping

A reserve Somerville police officer and school board member has been indicted and arrested, accused of kidnapping a pair of women.

Arvis Hutson was indicted Friday by a Burleson County grand jury on two charges of aggravated kidnapping.

Somerville Police Chief Richard Terral says his department was informed of an alleged incident on December 21. The Texas Rangers began an investigation into Hutson.

It was during that process, according to Terral, that investigators found evidence of a second kidnapping from about a year earlier.

The women are reportedly ages 28 and 22.

"The case was presented to the Burleson County grand jury on February 21," Terral said. "A true indictment was returned. Mr. Hutson was arrested Friday."

Hutson bonded out of the Burleson County Jail on $40,000 bond.

He is one of three reserve officers with Somerville PD, a fill-in for the department since 2004, but now has been placed on administrative suspension. A decision on his future with the department is likely a few weeks away, according to Terral.

"His demeanor was subdued," the chief said of Hutson's arrest, adding that his reserve officer had no comment.

Before his work with Somerville PD, Terral says Hutson was part of the reserve team for the Burleson County Sheriff's Office.

Questions on specifics of the case were referred to District Attorney Renee Mueller, who was unavailable for comment.

No one with Somerville ISD could be reached for comment regarding their school board member's status with the district.


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