Refugio Officer bonded out after being indicted on injury to a child and charges of oppression

Officer indicted in incident that took place March 12

REFUGIO, Texas – A Refugio police officer accused of pepper-spraying a three-day-old infant last month has bonded out of the Refugio County jail.

Officer Lee Jordan turned himself into the Refugio County jail on April 8 and bonded out the same day after being indicted on injury to a child and official oppression charges by a Refugio County grand jury.

According to the indictment, Jordan recklessly caused bodily injury to the three-day-old infant after he discharged pepper spray into a vehicle. The infant was inside the vehicle at the time.

Official oppression is when a public servant acting under color of his office or employment commits an offense if he:

  • intentionally subjects another to mistreatment or to arrest, detention, search, seizure, dispossession, assessment, or lien that he knows is unlawful;
  • intentionally denies or impedes another in the exercise or enjoyment of any right, privilege, power, or immunity, knowing his conduct is unlawful; or
  • intentionally subjects another to sexual harassment.

We are still waiting to hear back from the Refugio police chief and the district attorney regarding this incident. The Texas Rangers are currently investigating this case.