Former Polk Co. jailer arrested for allegedly touching female inmate's buttocks

Former Polk Co. jailer arrested for allegedly touching female inmate's buttocks

POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - A former Polk County jailer was arrested and charged with official oppression on Wednesday in connection to allegations that he touched a female inmate's buttocks.

Van Melvin Vincent, 69, of Livingston, was arrested and booked into the Polk County Jail. He was charged with official oppression, which is a Class A misdemeanor.

According to a press release from the Polk County Sheriff's Office, the PCSO received a complaint about improper conduct by a jailer on July 14. After an internal investigation was conducted, Vincent was suspended from duty.

The complaint was filed by a woman who said a Polk County jailer had intentionally touched her on the buttocks while she was an inmate at the jail

The internal investigation determined that Vincent had violated sheriff's office policies and procedures and had committed official oppression, the press release stated. At that point, Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack notified Texas Ranger Ryan Clendennen, who had been assisting with the investigation.

Once the investigation was completed, Vincent was fired. According to the press release, the Polk County Sheriff's Office hired Vincent in December of 2012.

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