UPDATE: 4/19/18:Sheriff Heirholzer sits down with KBN to explain yesterday’s press release. KBN would like to thank Sheriff Hierholzer for his time to explain this.
Original Story: This following is directly from a press release, sent out moments ago from Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer.
“On April 16, 2018, Sheriff Rusty Hierholzer learned that Kerr County Corrections Officer Corporal Christopher Berge had an inappropriate non-sexual relationship with inmate Amanda Hawkins. The ensuing investigation revealed that inmate Hawkins had made over 50 telephone calls to Correction Officer Berge and that Berge had been writing notes and also had given inmate Hawkins a ring. During some of these calls, they both claimed to love one another. On April 17, 2018, Inmate Hawkins admitted to receiving notes and the ring from Corrections Officer Berge.
A warrant was obtained for Berge for violation of Penal Code 38.114- Contraband in a Correctional Facility. Both the ring and the notes qualify under the definition of contraband. The charge is a Class B Misdemeanor when committed by an employee of the correctional facility. Berge was arrested, 4-17-18, at his residence in Bexar County, on a warrant issued by Kerr County Justice of the Peace, Precinct 2 Judge Kathy Mitchell and placed in the Kerr County jail with a $5,000 surety bond set. Berge was later released on bond.
Christopher Eric Berge, age 30, Bexar County resident, was hired 5-10-17, and held the rank of Corporal in the Correction Division at the time of his arrest and termination from employment. Berge had worked for the Bexar County Juvenile Detention Facility prior to being hired in Kerr County. Sheriff Hierholzer stated that as soon as these allegations surfaced an investigation was started that led to the arrest of this defendant and the termination of his employment the following day. Sheriff Hierholzer stated that he will not tolerate this type of unlawful activity by any Corrections Officers. Sheriff Hierholzer is proud of the work conducted by both the Corrections Division and the Criminal Investigations Division in this matter.
On 4-18-18, after being released from jail, Berge returned to Leon Valley to his home. He became involved in an altercation with his wife and arrested, by the Leon Valley Police Department, for Assault Family Violence according to Leon Valley Police Chief John Salvaggio. Berge is being processed and will be sent to the Bexar County Jail.
Signed, W.R “Rusty” Hierholzer”
Kerrville Breaking News will update you as more information is learned about this strange case out of Kerr County today.