A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy has been arrested and charged after sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl multiple times, then threatening to deport his victim’s mother to keep her quiet.
Deputy Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Department, was arrested Sunday on a felony charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, reported The San Antonio Express.
Sheriff Javier Salazar told reporters that investigators believe the girl was assaulted multiple times over the course of several months, or maybe even years by the 47-year-old deputy.
The victim’s mother is an undocumented immigrant and Nunez told her she would be deported if she reported the sexual assaults.
“The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Salazar said.
“Folks like this are creatures of habit and opportunity,” Salazar told reporters. “I don’t know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community. Certainly what was appealing was the vulnerability of that community because they are less apt to report things.”
Not being able to bear the abuse by the law officer or the cries of her daughter anymore, she took her daughter to the fire department to make a report.
“The little girl now is safe, and we’re continuing to process the case,” he said.
The sheriff’s department is working on the getting the mother a protected status so she will not be deported during the criminal investigation, said Salazar.
Officials believe this corrupted deputy may have other victims who have not spoken up, and the sheriff asks anyone with more information to contact the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office at 210-335-6070.
Nunez is currently on paid administrative leave for 10 days. It is unknown if the paid leave will continue after that point.
“My objective is to separate this person from the agency as soon as possible,” Salazar said.