Edinburg city employee arrested for allegedly slapping teen in custody

An Edinburg police detention specialist has been arrested for allegedly slapping a 16-year-old male in custody, the city said in a statement Saturday.

Roberto Guerra, who according to the statement is a three-year employee, was arrested by Edinburg police on an official oppression charge.

The city said in the statement that the arrest occurred around 10 a.m. Saturday and that Guerra has been placed on leave without pay “pending the outcome of an administrative investigation.”

The person allegedly slapped was a teenager and the incident occurred in the juvenile processing area.

“The charge stems from an incident that occurred on October 3, 2022 in the Edinburg Police Department juvenile processing area where Detention Specialist Guerra allegedly slapped a 16-year-old boy detained by Edinburg Police,” the city said in the statement. “The teenager was in custody for resisting arrest and faces one count of harassment on a public servant, a 3rd degree felony.”

Guerra was arraigned by Edinburg Municipal Court Judge Hector Bustos on Saturday and was granted a $2,500 personal recognizance bond. He was then transported to the Hidalgo County Detention Center, the statement read.