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Former E. Texas probation officer receives probation for hitting, kicking children

Rachelle Ann Hartgraves (Source: Smith County Jail) Rachelle Ann Hartgraves (Source: Smith County Jail)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - A former Smith County probation officer was sentenced to probation Friday.

Rachelle Ann Hartgraves, 48, was charged with injury to a child. Hartgraves was arrested in March 2013 after an investigation by the Smith County Sheriff's Office.

According to an arrest affidavit, Hartgraves is accused of hitting and choking her children on several different occasions. Child Protective Services first became involved with her family in 2010 when one of her children ran away and reported being choked by her.

In March 2012, a school nurse told CPS one of the children had a 2-3 inch bruise on the right cheek. The child told investigators Hartgraves hit all of her children often, usually in the head or face, leaving knots and bruises.

A second child confirmed the previous statements to investigators and also reported being slapped and choked by Hartgraves over several years.

In January 2013, one of the children reported being choked by Hartgraves over Christmas break.

CPS had removed her children twice before she was arrested.

Hartgraves was previously employed as a Smith County Adult Probation Officer.

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