Officer charged with assault

PRESS Staff Report

Elias Cardona

Elias Cardona

An off-duty Harlingen police officer was arrested on Sunday afternoon at South Padre Island for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman.

Thirty-four year-old Elias Cardona was arrested at the 500 block of Padre Boulevard after he allegedly took advantage of an intoxicated woman. The extent of the circumstances surrounding the alleged assault, however, remains largely unclear.

Cardona was taken into custody before posting $50,000 bail. According to reports, Cardona has served the Harlingen Police Department since February 2011 and currently remains on administrative leave with pay pending the findings of an investigation conducted by the HPD Internal Affairs unit.

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