News 3 Obtains New Information on Suspended Bryan Officer

News Three has obtained new information regarding the Bryan Police officer suspended for alleged inappropriate actions.

We now know who Sgt. Steve French was investigating when he reportedly acted out of line.

Jonathon D'Wayne Moore, 23, of Bryan has been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child. According to court documents, Moore was having a sexual relationship with a 13-year-old girl.

Police reports say on June 24th Moore slapped the girl when he found her cheating on him. The girl allegedly called police, and Moore was arrested.

To read the Probable Cause Statement issues by Brazos County District Attorney click the document icon at the top of this page

According to court documents Sgt. Steve French was involved in this investigation. As News Three first told you this week, French was removed from duty August 6th for three violations of department regulations -- use of force, conduct unbecoming, and truthfulness.

French has the option to appeal the suspension, which would take the matter to arbitration.

We do know police have an audio tape recording of French's alleged altercation with Moore. We have submitted an open records request to get a copy of that recording.

Police have withheld information regarding the criminal case since it coincides with an internal affairs investigation.

We do know the District Attorney's office and the Texas Rangers are looking into whether French committed any criminal wrongdoing.

News Three tried to call French, but no one answered.

This isn't the first time Moore has been in trouble with the law. In fact, he's been in and out of jail since 2004.

Most charges have been misdemeanors, but Moore has served time for burglary of a building.


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