Arlington officer arrested on assault charge has past complaints

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by CRAIG CIVALE

WFAA

Posted on January 20, 2011 at 10:36 PM

Updated Friday, Jan 21 at 7:08 PM

ARLINGTON - An Arlington Police officer who was already on paid leave and facing criminal charges is in trouble once again.

Tibor Kovacs is now in the Dallas County Jail on sexual assault charges. He is also accused of threatening the officers who arrested him.
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The 42-year-old Arlington police officer was arrested Wednesday on an aggravated sexual assault charge. The SWAT team brought him in because officers said they were concerned about his extensive weapons background and military training.

WFAA has learned that since 2004, the Arlington officer has had 21 complaints filed against him, including one made last October for "unbecoming conduct." A woman he pulled over claimed he made sexual advances towards her, and he was placed on leave due to the complaint.

He was later suspended without pay for another stop in which supervisors said he arrested the wrong man.

Now, he's accused of choking and sexually assaulting a woman. Kovacs also faces two other charges for reportedly threatening the officers who made the arrest.

E-mail ccivale@wfaa.com

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