Former TABC agent accused of sex crime in Fort Worth

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FORT WORTH -- A former Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission agent is out on bail after Fort Worth police arrested him Wednesday and accused him of improper photography or visual recording, officials said.

Martin E. Herrmann, 50, was fired Nov. 28 after he refused to cooperate with TABC's separate investigation, said an agency spokesman, Lt. Michael Lockhart.

"When Fort Worth police started the investigation, he cut us off," Lockhart said. "Our office of professional responsibility, basically internal affairs, began an investigation, too. If there's an allegation, our guys are going to look into it.

"He refused to cooperate and was terminated because of that, which is also pretty standard."

Fort Worth police declined to release details of the arrest, citing an ongoing investigation by the sex crimes unit.

"There are more ... possible victims" to speak with, police spokeswoman Sharron Neal said.

It is a state jail felony under Texas law to photograph or videotape another person without their consent with intent to "gratify the sexual desire of any person."

Herrmann worked most recently as an enforcement agent in Arlington, but previously was in the Midland/Odessa area, Lockhart said.

The agency was notified Nov. 20 that Fort Worth police were investigating Herrmann, said TABC spokeswoman Carolyn Beck.

"The following day, TABC initiated an internal administrative investigation to determine if Herrmann violated TABC work and personal conduct policies," she said. "Due to the criminal nature of the FWPD investigation, Agent Herrmann was immediately placed on paid administrative leave, pending the outcome of those investigations."

Herrmann had no record of disciplinary actions or complaints in a job history that began Oct. 1, 2005, Lockhart said.

Herrmann was certified by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement and underwent "an extensive background check," Beck said.

Information from indicates that Herrmann was a Department of Public Safety dispatcher in Amarillo from 2005 to 2009, and a sergeant at the Carson County Jail from 1999 to 2001.

Information on the amount of Herrmann's bond was not available.

Terry Evans, 817-390-7620

Twitter: @fwstevans

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