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Amarillo Police Officer booked into Randall County Jail on Sexual Assault Charges

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Donald Ray Sanders Jr. Donald Ray Sanders Jr.

Amarillo Police say Officer Donald Ray Sanders Jr. has been booked into Randall County Jail on charges of sexual assault to a child.

The Randall County Sheriff's Department say Sanders is in custody with bond set at $75,000.

We're told Sanders was a liaison officer at Caprock High before he was terminated from the Police Department earlier this month. Police say the incident under investigation, was not connected to his assignment as a liaison officer. 

Sanders was employed by the Amarillo Police Department since 2003.


From the Amarillo Police Department:

Release regarding termination of APD officer

On Saturday, September 14th, Chief Robert Taylor was advised that a member of the Amarillo Police Department, Donald Ray Sanders Jr., was the subject of a criminal investigation being conducted by the Randall County Sheriff's Office. Officer Sanders was immediately placed on administrative leave pending outcome of the investigation, and the APD initiated an internal investigation.

The internal investigation disclosed information sufficient to justify termination of the officer. On Monday morning, 9-16-13, his next scheduled work day, Sanders was terminated from the Amarillo Police Department. Sanders has been employed by the Amarillo Police Department since 2003.
The criminal investigation into the allegation is being conducted by the Randall County Sheriff's Office.

The criminal misconduct is alleged to have occurred outside the city limits of Amarillo. The allegation that the department is aware of involves off-duty, personal conduct by the officer. The incident is in no way connected to Sanders' employment as an officer and is not connected to his assignment as a school liaison officer.

 

 


 

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