Houston Police Officer Accused of Sexually Assaulting a 13-Year-Old Girl
November 4, 2021
HOUSTON, Texas—Houston Police Sgt. Tung Tran, a 23-year veteran, is accused of sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.
Hedwig Village Police Department, Houston Police Sgt. Tung Tran was arrested on Tuesday and charged with two counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of indecency with a child, according to Click2Houston.
The 50-year-old former sergeant is accused of sexually assaulting the girl in December 2020 and physically molesting her in March 2021.
Police Chief Troy Finner stated:
“Following a criminal investigation conducted by the Hedwig Village Police Department, Houston Police Sgt. Tung Tran was arrested on Tuesday (Nov. 2) and charged with sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child.
“I am deeply troubled by the alleged actions of this 23-year veteran HPD employee, who was immediately relieved of duty when the accusations were brought to our attention.
“The Hedwig Village Police Department is conducting the criminal investigation into this matter and the HPD Internal Affairs Division is conducting an administrative investigation.
“Due to the ongoing investigations, I want to respect the judicial process and will not comment further.”
Tran went before a probable cause court judge on Wednesday, where he learned of his charges and why prosecutors were against a low bond, reports Click2Houston.
“I do have concerns for this complaining witness based on the grooming behavior that was described by both the complaining witness as well as her parents based on the text messages that were recovered from her phone,” prosecutors stated. “And based on the defendant’s status in the community as a police officer I don’t believe low bonds are reasonable.”
Tran’s bond was subsequently set at a collective $260,000 for four charges. An emergency protection order was also granted, prohibiting Tran from having any contact with the victim or her family.
Hedwig Village Police chief David Gott stated Tran refused to talk to investigators when he was arrested on Tuesday and also didn’t use his status as a police officer to commit the crime.