by Crystal Gottfried
New Braunfels Police Officer and former DARE instructor, Justin Broussard, was arrested at his home last Saturday on one count of possession of child pornography.
Investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s Office said that Broussard was being held in protective custody at the Guadalupe County Jail. Bail was set at $100,000.
According to a spokesman at the Attorney General’s Office, Broussard, 44, could face two to 10 years in state prison and a fine of up to $10,000 for possession of child pornography; a third-degree felony offense.
The spokesman said that investigators received a referral from the FBI about Justin Broussard. He said that officers went to Broussard’s home on Saturday with search warrants, he was arrested on the child pornography charge, and a computer was involved.
The investigation is expected to continue and more information about the charges and possible victims may be forthcoming at a later date.
New Braunfels Police Chief Russ Johnson said that he could not comment about Broussard’s arrest at the request of the state officials conducting the investigation, but he did say that Broussard had been suspended without pay until more facts are known.
Johnson said he hoped that the citizens of New Braunfels understood that this officer’s situation was a personal matter and not reflective of the rest of the police department.
“I hope the public doesn’t judge us all by what one officer has allegedly done,” said Johnson. He’s not representative of what our members stand for or what we represent. We’ve always said that if we find something wrong, we would be forthright, and that’s what we’re doing now.”
Broussard is a 10-year veteran of the police department. He was one of the department’s two DARE officers until the program was discontinued in 2003. He has been a patrol officer since then.