McALLEN, Texas – A former local police
officer has been taken into custody for allegedly sexually assaulting two men
while in custody, announced U.S. Attorney Ryan K. Patrick.
Matthew Lee Sepulveda, 24, Edinburg, was a
former law enforcement officer with the Progreso Police Department, serving
from April 17 to July 2 of this year.
The criminal complaint filed under seal
yesterday was unsealed today upon his arrest. He is expected to make his
initial appearance before U.S. Magistrate Judge Scott Hacker Monday.
The charges allege Sepulveda violated the
civil rights of two individuals while acting under his authority as a uniformed
police officer. Specifically, he allegedly performed oral sex on two men while
they were in his custody.
If convicted, Sepulveda faces up to life in
The FBI conducted the investigation with the assistance of the Hidalgo
County Sheriff’s Office. Assistant U.S. Attorney Sarina S. DiPiazza is
prosecuting the case.