By Mitch Traynor
KILLEEN – A Killeen police officer was arrested Thursday and charged with sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl.
Officer Kirt Yarbrough Sr. was put on leave on January 4, a day after the sex attack was reported to police. He was released from jail after posting a $100,000 bond.
The 16-year-old victim was a member of the Killeen Police Explorer Program. Yarbrough served as one of the group’s leaders.
The Explorer Program is a subsidiary of the Boy Scouts of America. That program has now been suspended.
“The badge of a Police Officer is a symbol of the public’s faith and trust. Any criminal act involving police officers dishonors this symbol and violates the trust the community places in them. The Killeen Police Department works diligently to provide the best police services possible and to build trust with the community,” said Killeen Police Chief Dennis Baldwin.
“This allegation, as dreadful as it is, should not be considered a reflection of the true commitment and dedication the men and women of KPD have toward this community.”