Edinburg police mum on arrest of former state rep staffer

The Edinburg Police Department is seeking an opinion from the Texas Attorney General’s Office to withhold the probable cause affidavit tied to the arrest of a now-former staff member for a state representative.

Police arrested Alejandro Rios, former district director for state Rep. Terry Canales, on a third-degree felony injury to a child charge on Wednesday. The charge stems from an incident that took place in late September at the Edinburg child care center Rios owns.

Canales, D-Edinburg, fired Rios on Oct. 5, five days prior to Rios’ arrest.

In his letter to Attorney General Ken Paxton, Jose Hernandez, records supervisor for Edinburg police, cited the Law Enforcement and Confidential Information exceptions of the Texas Government Code, which state that the release of the information would interfere with the “detection, investigation, or prosecution of crime” and that the information is “considered to be confidential by law, either constitutional, statutory, or by judicial decision.”

Hernandez also cited the Texas Family Code, which limits access to reports of alleged or suspected abuse or neglect.

Rios was given a $25,000 personal recognizance bond by Edinburg Municipal Judge Toribio “Terry” Palacios, and following his release from jail Wednesday evening, he took to social media to claim his innocence, calling the allegations against him “absurd.”

“A few weeks ago, I received notice that one of the parents at a daycare I own had filed a complaint with the State of Texas against me. The complaint is baseless and not grounded in fact,” Rios wrote Thursday morning in a Facebook post. “I have owned and operated Kids Kollege Learning Center for more than 9 years. I hold my business, my employees, and MYSELF to the highest of standards. In fact, my daycare has even been awarded by the Monitor Reader’s Choice Awards as the top daycare in our region multiple times.

“I have NO DOUBT that the truth will prevail and I will be vindicated.”

Canales also took to social media Thursday to address his former district director’s arrest, saying his office has a “zero tolerance policy.”

In a reply to a Twitter post, Canales tweeted, “Mr. Rios termination is not based on any known facts. He’s entitled to the presumption of innocence, & I hope he is. I’ve never known him to be anything but an honest hard worker & pray for all parties involved that this is not true.”