December 27, 2013

Fort Worth police captain accused of family violence is arrested

Capt. Duane Paul turned himself in on an assault warrant Friday, jail records show, and was immediately released on bail.

A Fort Worth police captain surrendered Friday on a warrant issued after he was accused last month of domestic violence.

Capt. Duane Paul did a “walk-through” at the Tarrant County Jail about 9:30 a.m., which means he immediately posted bail and was not placed in jail.

He is accused of assault with bodily injury of a family member.

The department had placed Paul on detached duty, temporarily relieving him of command and police powers, after officers were summoned to his Fort Worth home Nov. 21. A police report on the incident remained unavailable Friday, more than a month after the incident, and police declined to release further details about the accusations against Paul.

Paul declined to comment. His attorney, Jim Lane, said he had not reviewed the case file and therefore could not comment Friday.

Paul has been on the force since 1987. He previously served as a department spokesman.

He was disciplined by the department in 2005 after a highly publicized incident involving sexual encounters with a woman in his unmarked city car. At the time, he was demoted from captain to lieutenant and suspended for 90 days.

Paul has since gained back his rank of captain and has been serving as commander of the North Division.

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