Indicted Fort Worth officer resigns from Police Department

05/16/2014 2:24 PM

05/16/2014 2:26 PM

A Fort Worth police officer recently indicted on criminal charges in Tarrant and Johnson counties stemming from allegations that he injured a child and recorded improper images of a woman has resigned.

Brice Cody Humphries, 25, handed in his resignation May 9.

Tarrant County court records show that Humphries was indicted April 17 on a charge of improper photography/visual recording.

A week later, a Johnson County grand jury indicted Humphries on a charge of injury to a child after accusations that he struck a 4-year-old female relative in the face with his hand at his Alvarado residence.

Alvarado police Chief Brad Anderson said his department began investigating Humphries in February after being alerted by Child Protective Services about a possible physical abuse case.

“During the investigation, we were notified by a female out of Tarrant County who divulged information to us about the improper photography,” Anderson said.

Upon learning that the alleged photography occurred at Humphries’ former Fort Worth residence, Alvarado police alerted Fort Worth authorities.

Sgt. Raymond Bush, a Fort Worth police spokesman, said the department immediately placed Humphries on restricted duty and began its own investigation.

After his indictment in the Tarrant County case, the officer was arrested April 18. Tarrant County jail records show Humphries surrendered at the jail and was immediately released upon posting a $10,000 bond.

The indictment accuses Humphries of recording a visual image of a woman in June 2011 — a month before he began training at the Fort Worth police academy — without her consent and with “intent to arouse or gratify the sexual desire of any person,” the indictment states.

“Evidence for the Tarrant County charge of improper photography dates back prior to the hiring of Brice Humphries,” Bush said in an email responding to a Star-Telegram inquiry about the case. “The existence of this evidence was only made known to FWPD when it was contacted by Alvarado P.D. in March of 2014.”

A police report on the improper photography case lists as victims the 25-year-old woman of whom Humphries is now charged with taking improper images and two other women.

Bush declined to say whether Humphries could face additional charges in regard to other alleged victims named in the police report.

He said additional information could not be released because of the ongoing investigation.

Jim Lane, Humphries’ defense attorney, did not immediately return a phone call seeking comment.

Humphries was commissioned as a Fort Worth police officer in February 2012. He was assigned to the south patrol division, Bush said.

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