Charge against school board member dismissed

January 16, 2023
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The domestic disturbance charge against a Mansfield ISD school board member has been dismissed, according to Tarrant County District Attorney records.

School board member Bianca Benavides Anderson was arrested Oct. 22 at her home and charged with assault/bodily injury.

Acording to a statement from Mansfield police, "at approximately 2 a.m., the Mansfield Police Department responded to the 700 block of Ascot Park in reference to a domestic disturbance. During the investigation, officers determined that there was probable cause to arrest Bianca Benavides Anderson for Assault Bodily Injury Family Violence. She was transported to the Mansfield Jail and was released to the jail staff without incident."

The Mansfield school board consulted with legal counsel after the incident, but was told that the board had no legal authority to remove Anderson.

The school board secretary was elected for her first three-year term in Place 5 in May. Anderson replaced Karen Marcucci, who chose not to run again for the school board seat. Anderson won 51 percent of the vote, defeating Jo Anna Cruz Cardoza and Le Keishia E. Dawkins.

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