Edinburg officer remains on leave after arrest for assault

EDINBURG — A police sergeant here remains on unpaid administrative leave more than three months after he was arrested and charged in connection with assaulting a family member.

EDINBURG — A police sergeant here remains on unpaid administrative leave more than three months after he was arrested and charged in connection with assaulting a family member.

Kenneth Lee McEwen, 51, of Edinburg, faces a Class A misdemeanor charge in connection with an March. 25 incident at his home, where it is alleged the assault occurred.

Officers were called to a residence in the 3000 block of North Gayle Street in Edinburg where they interviewed McEwen, McEwen’s son and McEwen’s spouse, who was not identified in the report.

During the questioning McEwen admitted to physically removing his spouse from the residence, while McEwen’s son, whose age was not known, admitted to threatening to pepper spray her, according to the affidavit.

McEwen’s spouse told officers that upon arriving at the residence fresh from a 15-month Navy deployment she was attacked by her husband and threatened by his son.

“(McEwen) did admit to (officer) that he grabbed (name redacted) by both her upper arms and physically pushed her out of the front door to their above said residence,” the complaint states. “(McEwen’s son) did admit to (officer) that he threatened to pepper spray (name redacted) if she did not leave the residence.”

Bur it wasn’t until Aug. 23 that McEwen’s spouse walked into the Edinburg police department to formally file charges against him.

The following day McEwen, who admitted to physically grabbing his spouse and removing her from the residence, was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily injury, a Class A misdemeanor.

McEwen, a police sergeant with the department, was booked into the Edinburg jail Aug. 26.

The Monitor requested the criminal complaint related to the assault but Edinburg city officials declined to release it, instead seeking an opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s office about its release.

“Due to juveniles being mentioned on the criminal complaint,” J.C. Hernandez, Edinburg Police Department records specialist, said in an emailed response to the public records request that they weren’t releasing the documents and sought the AG’s office opinion on whether they’re obligated to release the document.

It is standard practice to redact names, dates of birth and addresses of victims and juveniles in criminal complaints to avoid identifying them.

McEwen was subsequently released the same day from jail on a $5,000 recognizance bond on one count of assault that causes bodily injury, according to jail records.

Edinburg police officials confirmed McEwen’s arrest and charge on the assault charge but declined to provide additional information regarding the officer.

McEwen remains an employee with the city despite being placed on administrative leave without pay since Aug. 26.

Police officials said McEwen would remain on unpaid leave until his case is resolved.

McEwen’s case file, prepared by Edinburg police investigators, was transferred to the Hidalgo County District Attorney’s office in September where it is awaiting a case number to be assigned.

The DA’s office declined to comment as the case’s file is currently being reviewed by investigators.

If McEwen, who has more than 15 years of law enforcement experience, is convicted he faces up to a year in county jail and a maximum fine of $4,000.

This report has been updated to include portions of the affidavit and the correct date of the alleged assault.