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Amidst Investigation, NEISD Police Chief Resigns


The North East Independent School District’s Police Chief has resigned amid allegations of inappropriate sexual comments to his officers.

North East’s 59-year-old Police Chief, George Castaneda, resigned on Tuesday citing health concerns. His self-termination came shortly after one of his male officers brought forward allegations last week that the chief had made inappropriate comments on two separate occasions.

“During separate training sessions to help police identify possible sex offenders, Castaneda allegedly referred to an officer’s foot fetish, and then on a separate occasions allegedly made a joke implying that another officer was a cross dresser," explained NEISD spokeswoman Aubrey Chancellor.

With the resignation, it will be up to the board of trustees to find for a new chief. The captain of the force, Mark Contreras, will run the day to day operations while the search for a new chief is conducted.

Chancellor says the investigation was not complete at the time of his resignation and has been halted since he is no longer with the district. Castaneda had been chief since 2006.

Joey Palacios can be reached atJoey@TPR.org and on Twitter at @Joeycules