Former Seminole PD officer indicted on child injury charge

SEMINOLE -- A former Seminole Police Officer was indicted last week by a grand jury on a charge of injury to a child, elderly individual, or disabled individual. After the indictment, his employment was terminated.

Matthew Arguello, 28, was a police officer at Seminole Police Department when the alleged incident occurred.

On November 30, Arguello allegedly injured a 14-year-old girl with the same last name by hitting her with a shoe, according to the Gaines County Grand Jury Indictment.

According to a press release sent to a local newspaper, Seminole Sentinel, the alleged injury had been reported to the Gaines County Sheriff’s Office.

When the Seminole Police Department learned about the allegations, Arguello was put on administrative leave on Dec. 1., according to the paper.

The Texas Rangers were then brought in to investigate.

The Texas Rangers’ investigation was completed on January 22. On January 24th, the 106th District Court grand jury heard the case and issued a true bill, according to the Seminole Sentinel.

After Arguello was indicted by the grand jury, Seminole Police Department terminated his job.

The case, The State of Texas vs. Matthew Arguello will now go to trial.

The Seminole Sentinel reports Arguello turned himself in to the Gaines County Law Enforcement Center around 9 a.m. on Friday.