Bond set in new charges against Progreso ex-cop

Matthew Sepulveda

Bond has been set at $370,000 for Matthew Lee Sepulveda, 24, the former Progreso police officer charged with sexually assaulting two individuals in separate incidents last month.

Sepulveda is facing three new charges after Hidalgo County Sheriff’s Office investigators uncovered new evidence in the case.

Matthew Sepulveda 24, is arraigned by Justice of the Peace Jason Peña at the Hidalgo County Jail on Wednesday July, 10, 2019 in Edinburg.
Photo by Delcia Lopez | The Monitor
In addition to allegations that he sexually assaulted a 20-year-old man on June 28, Sepulveda is also now accused in an incident involving 17-year-old twin brothers just two nights later, on June 30.

From that incident stem the additional charges of sexual assault, official oppression, and violating the civil rights of a person in custody.

Bond was set at $200,000 for the charge of sexual assault, $150,000 for the civil rights charge, and $20,000 for the official oppression charge.

Last Wednesday, Justice of the Peace Jason Peña, Precinct 5, Place 1, set a $225,000 bond for one count sexual assault and one count of violating the civil rights of a person in custody. Sepulveda posted bond the following day.

Sepulveda turned himself into authorities yesterday to face the new charges. He remains in custody at the Hidalgo County Jail.