Texas Rangers investigating Hearne Police Department

Published: Jul. 7, 2017 at 4:49 PM CDT
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The Texas Rangers are investigating complaints against the Hearne Police Department.

The Robertson County District Attorney tells KBTX it involves several officers and possible criminal wrongdoing.

Now there are new questions regarding conduct at Hearne PD.

Documents just obtained by KBTX through an open records request show current and former officers complained of sexual harassment and unprofessional behavior within the department.

"We've asked the Texas Rangers to come in and investigate the issues the complaints that we received. We received various complaints, so the Rangers have came in. They were on a busy schedule, but we're looking for an outcome of the investigation to be complete within two weeks," said Hearne Mayor Ruben Gomez.

Gomez says the Texas Rangers began investigating several weeks ago.

Robertson County District Attorney Coty Siegert says they are looking at criminal wrongdoing by several officers, including former Sergeant Stephen Yohner, who resigned in April.

"Concerning Sgt. Yohner...he's no longer an employee. If he's broken the law, I'm pretty sure the DA's office will be getting this report. And if there's a process that needs to be done, they will be taking care of that sir," said Gomez.

We've reached out to Hearne Police Chief Thomas Williams numerous times regarding Yohner's departure. We even stopped by while he was in the office Friday.

But he declined to meet with us.

"You're going to need to speak with the city manager or the city attorney," said a police employee.

"You know, there's so much. You've gotten a report of the complaints, and it goes from one end to the other. Hopefully they're not all correct. Again, I don't know. I'm not doing the investigation, but we will address every issue," said Gomez.

A Texas Ranger we talked to on the phone Friday tells us it's an open criminal investigation.

They told us it was opened at the request of the Robertson County District Attorney.

We also met with Hearne City Manager John Naron.

He released the following statement:

"The City of Hearne received several complaints. We have handled the more obvious violations and have decided that it would be best to have an outside source look into this matter. The Mayor and I contacted the Texas Rangers and asked them to look into the department. The Rangers have not shared their findings and it would be inappropriate for us to comment based on speculation."