On Tuesday, a Bexar County Grand Jury indicted a former San Antonio police officer for misusing public information.
The two-count indictment alleges that on May 2, 2019, Ronaldo Segovia, 40, with intent to harm or defraud another, namely, Victor Lara, disclosed to Arthur Perez for a nongovernmental purpose information to which Segovia had access because of Segovia’s employment and which information had not been made public, to wit: the vehicle registration information of Victor Lara. The second count of the indictment alleges that on the same date Segovia, acting under the color of his employment as a San Antonio police officer, did with intent to deceive, knowingly make to Detective Timothy Coleman, a peace officer conducting a criminal investigation, a false statement, namely that Segovia was taking a police report for theft of service where Lara was the suspect and Perez was the complainant, and the statement was material to the investigation in that it called into question the credibility of Lara who was filing a terrorist threat complaint against Perez.
“This case was brought to our office by the San Antonio Police Department. After a thorough review, the case was presented to a Grand Jury which returned a true bill of indictment,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.
This case is being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division in the 290th District Court. Misuse of public information is a third degree felony punishable by two to 10 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.
An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because this case is pending trial, we can make no further comment on it.
A copy of the indictment may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.