A McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility officer was arrested Thursday after he allegedly chased a juvenile offender and hit him several times, breaking the juvenile's arm, an arrest affidavit states.

Cedell Wright, 36, was arrested after a criminal investigator with the juvenile correctional center began investigating the alleged incident between Wright and the juvenile offender last week. The investigator learned Wright had been speaking with the boy's family and the boy said he wanted to assault Wright, the affidavit states.

The juvenile inmate was inside the educational building at the correctional facility last week when he saw Wright. The boy allegedly hit Wright before the running away, the affidavit states.

The boy was stopped by another correctional officer and was detained. Wright allegedly ran up to the boy and started hitting him several times in the head with his fist, the affidavit states.

"(The juvenile offender) attempted to block one of JCO Wright's punches and was hit in the arm by JCO Wright. (The juvenile offender) went to the floor after that. While on the floor (the juvenile offender) noticed his arm appeared to be twisted," the affidavit states.

"While JCO Wright was hitting (the juvenile offender), he made the statement, 'Don't you ever hit me.'"

The investigator received medical reports from the facility's infirmary and records from Baylor Scott & White Hillcrest Medical Center's emergency room. The reports stated the boy had suffered a closed fracture to his left arm, the affidavit states.

Wright was arrested on a Class A misdemeanor charge of official oppression. He was released from McLennan County Jail on a $1,000 bond by Thursday night.

Phone calls to the McLennan County State Juvenile Correctional Facility seeking information about Wright's current employment status were not returned Thursday.

Kristin Hoppa has been covering public safety and breaking news for the Tribune-Herald since January 2016. She worked in Northwest Missouri covering crime-related issues before her move to Central Texas. She is a University of Kansas graduate.

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