APD Officer Ben Belmares put on administrative leave with pay

Robin Bradshaw
Former Alice Police Officer Ben Belmares died by suicide at a cemetery in Atascosa County, according to authorities.

The Alice Police Department (APD) confirmed Officer Ben Belmares was put on administrative leave with pay, pending an internal investigation.

The investigation comes to light after an article was published by Corpus Christi Caller Times, on Sept. 3. The article tells the first hand story of Elizabeth Franco, a young woman from Phoenix, Arizona the accuses the Officer of sexual misconduct in 2008.

This is not the first time an article about APD Officer Belmares was reported and made local headlines. In June 2017, the officers sexual assault in Phoenix was reported by Natalia E Contrera a reporter from the Corpus ChristiCaller Times when Rex Ramon was the Alice Police Chief. Since that time Officer Belmares has remained on the force.

Belmares has had a Texas peace officer license since January 2006. Commission records also show he was a jailer in the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office in 2003 and 2004. Belmares also worked as a peace officer in the Kerrville Police Department for three months in 2006, followed by the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Office from May 2010 to March 2015.

According to the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, Belmares has been with the Alice Police Department since 2015.