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Matagorda County Sheriff indicted on charges of tampering with government record

Sheriff Frank Osborne was booked and released on Tuesday, according to Matagorda County jail records.
Credit: Matagorda County
Matagorda Co. Sheriff Frank Osborne was booked into the county jail Tuesday on charges of tampering with a government record.

BAY CITY, Texas — Matagorda County Sheriff Frank Osborne was booked into jail Tuesday on charges of tampering with a government record after a grand jury indicted him in July.

According to the indictment, Sheriff Osborne removed the arrest of a woman from the Matagorda County Sheriff's Office jailing record computerized database, and redacted her arrest from the master jail book.

In a statement, Sheriff Osborne wrote:

"Unfortunately this case is in the criminal justice system so I feel I cannot comment except to say that the offense report of the arrest by the Officer was not destroyed, concealed, removed, or otherwise impaired and was always available. I will say I simply tried to correct a mistake and I look forward to a trial in this matter."

Sheriff Osborne was granted $5,000 bail.

We're following this developing story and will post any new information as we get it.