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Temple police officer arrested

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A Temple police officer is in the Bell County Jail on several charges, including Possession of Child Pornography and Indecency with a Child.

The allegations against Corporal Brandon Mathiews first surfaced on November 17th, 2018.  Temple police say Chief Mitchell immediately asked for the Texas Rangers help in the investigation and placed Mathiews on Paid Administrative Leave.

Chief  Mitchell later asked Mathiews to resign because of the nature of the allegations, but says Mathiews refused.

After Rangers arrested him on Wednesday, Mathiews leave status changed to Unpaid Investigative Leave.

Mathiews has been with the Temple Police department for 14 years and worked in the Criminal Investigations Unit, Crime Scene, and Evidence Unit.

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