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Bexar County detention officer accused of falsifying jail records

May 15, 2019

An off-duty Bexar County jailer accused of falsifying jail records relating to a March incident was arrested Tuesday evening.

Detention Deputy Mishal Matthew, 23, was arrested at 5:57 p.m. by the Public Integrity Unit and charged with tampering with a government record, a third-degree felony. His bail had not been set as of Tuesday evening, officials said.

Johnny Garcia, a Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesman, said Matthew is accused of falsifying the logs detention officers are required to fill out indicating that they have checked on an inmate.

The logs are maintained both electronically and by pen and paper. Garcia said investigators discovered the discrepancy because the written log can be falsified but the electronic log is kept separately, and registered when a deputy presses a metal fob against a device adhered to the wall next to each cell.

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Officials said Matthew has been on administrative leave since April 5 after an incident that occurred in March. Garcia said he could not elaborate on the incident as it is currently under investigation by the Public Integrity Unit.

Matthew will remain on unpaid administrative leave in accordance with civil service rules for violation of the Texas Penal Code, a BCSO statement said.

Probationary Deputy Lucio Camacho was involved in an incident related to Matthew’s arrest and terminated for failure to perform satisfactorily during his probationary period, as well as for “failure to maintain standards of conduct demanded of a person associated with law enforcement,” the statement said.

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Sheriff Javier Salazar is expected to address the incident momentarily. This story will be updated as more details become available.

Jacob Beltran is a reporter covering San Antonio and Bexar County. Read him on our free site, mySA.com, and on our subscriber site, ExpressNews.com. | jbeltran@express-news.net | Twitter: @JBfromSA