HUNT COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - An internal investigation has found no wrongdoing on the part of a Hunt County Sheriff's deputy accused of using excessive force while restraining a pregnant woman.
Deanna Robinson was 8 months pregnant when she was arrested in April during the execution of a child custody warrant. Robinson alleged that Hunt County deputies punched her several times and pushed her stomach into a kitchen counter top, leaving bruises. The exchange was captured on a home surveillance video. The sheriff's office then opened an investigation into the incident.
The sheriff's office released a statement on the investigation Monday saying that "the outcome of the internal investigation has determined that no policies have been violated." The department concluded its investigation in June, but waited to release the findings until the Texas Rangers concluded a separate investigation.
The department also said that the deputy involved, Deputy J. Robinson, was no-billed by a Hunt County grand jury and has been reinstated to full duty.
Sheriff Randy Meeks said he intends to visit with the district attorney concerning filling additional charges against Deanna Robinson.
"We furthermore have been patient in this process realizing that a few minutes of an edited video does not necessarily reflect the accuracy of an event. I was also patient because I believe that every citizen is afforded due process assuring there is no rush to judgment. I believe this also includes those citizens who happen to wear a badge," Meeks said in a statement about the investigation.
He later added that, he noticed Deanna Robinson's lawyer appeared "shocked" at the jury's decision and said that she had not reviewed all the evidence associated with the case, which Meeks said includes more than the 28-second clip posted to social media.
Meeks said no official complaint was ever filed with the sheriff's office.