Ex-officer faces tampering, official oppression charges in Edinburg

Update: 2:13 a.m.

EDINBURG — A former police officer was formally arraigned Wednesday afternoon on alleged official oppression and tampering of government records charges. 

Former officer and police union president Armando Edwardo Celedon was arraigned at the Edinburg Municipal Court on Wednesday, and his bond was set at $15,000.

Police have yet to release information about the case, but sources indicate the 42-year-old Edinburg resident was terminated last week.

Under Celedon’s leadership, the union voted to follow through on an investigation against Edinburg Assistant Chief Juan “Jay” Hernandez, a former union president himself, accused of misusing the union’s credit card for his personal gain.

Texas Rangers are currently investigating that case, according to information from Lt. Johnny Hernandez, spokesman for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

Official oppression and tampering of government records are class A misdemeanors. If convicted, Celedon could face up to a year in state jail and a $4,000 fine for each charge.