belton, tx — A Bell County jury has found former Killeen Police officer, Kirt Yarbrough Sr., 53, guilty of sexual assault of a child. The officer's trial began last Wednesday morning.
Yarbrough served with the Killeen Police Department for 16 years. He was arrested January 4, 2012, in connection with an inappropriate relationship with a 16-year-old, who is a member of the Killeen Police Explorer Program.
A warrant was issued after police learned the teenager was taken to a motel at 1816 Martin Luther King Jr. to engage in sexual activity with Yarbrough.
Officials with the Killeen Police Department and the Bell County District Attorney’s Office initiated an immediate investigation into this allegation. On January 5, 2012, Yarbrough was placed on administrative leave.
After an extensive investigation, the case was reviewed by the Bell County District Attorney’s Office and a criminal complaint was returned charging Yarbrough with Sexual Assault. Yarbrough was taken into custody at the Killeen Police Department on January 12.
On March 5, Yarbrough’s employment with the Killeen Police Department was terminated through an indefinite suspension, in accordance with the Texas Local Government Code for civil service employees.
This action was taken as a result of an internal investigation that found Yarbrough to be in violation of several department policies to include having an improper relationship with a Killeen Police Explorer and untruthfulness.