Somerville Residents Speak Out After Police Officer's Indictment

By: Meredith Stancik Email
By: Meredith Stancik Email

He has been indicted on two counts of aggravated kidnapping, but a Somerville school board member is still on the job.

We told you Wednesday night about Arvis Hutson's run in with the law.

Now residents are speaking out about the Somerville police officer.

"I don't think that those charges will hold out," a Somerville resident said.

Some residents think this man, Arvis Hutson, is innocent.

"Ever since I've known him, he's been a well respected person," a Somerville resident said.

While, others think the Somerville police officer and school board member should be held accountable for his actions.

"That sounds totally inappropriate," a Somerville resident said.

Hutson was arrested Friday after he was indicted for two counts of aggravated kidnapping.

"His demeanor was subdued, he was booked in, he was very 'no comment.' " Somerville Police Chief Richard Terral said.

Court documents state while Hutson was working as a reserve Somerville police officer he stopped a pair of women over the course of two years, put them in his patrol car, drove them each to a remote location where he inappropriately touched them.

Hutson has been placed on administrative suspension with the police department, but his status with the school board has not changed.

"An indictment by itself is not enough to remove a board member from office," Somerville ISD Superintendent Charles Camarillo said. "It requires a conviction and that is Somerville policy and that is state policy."

However, according to the Texas Education Agency, state law states that removing a school board member takes more than a conviction.

Only if a school board member moves out of the district could he or she be removed.

Hutson could resign from the Somerville School Board, but as of Thursday night he had not done so.

The Somerville Police Department is expected to make a final decision regarding Hutson's status in the next few weeks.

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