Sheriff: Texas Deputy Sexually Abused 4-Year-Old Undocumented Immigrant

Texas deputy accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl and threatening the child's undocumented mother with deportation

A 47-year-old deputy with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office was arrested early Sunday (June 17) after a woman told investigators he had been sexually assaulting her 4-year-old daughter, according to KSAT-TV, an ABC affiliate in San Antonio.

Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, was arrested Sunday and charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, who is possibly a relative, according to Sheriff Javier Salazar.

'The details of the case are, quite frankly, heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time, ' Salazar said in a press conference. Nunez is accused of touching the child's genitals in such a way that "caused pain and at least some indication of minor injury", Salazar said. Nunez will face a mandatory minimum of 25 years in prison if he is convicted of the sexual assault. The charge is considered "super" because the victim is only 4 years old. I don't know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community. "If you break the law, you're going to jail", he said.

The victim's mother took the child to a fire department to report the abuse this weekend after the child made a cry for help.

He worked at the Bexar County Detention Center (file picture above) and has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. "Just like we're doing in this case, we're filling out paperwork with this witness in question to make sure that she's given protected status pending the outcome of this case", Salazar said.




Bexar County's sheriff nevertheless urged undocumented immigrants to come forward if they are a victim of a crime.

Salazar encourages undocumented immigrants to continue to report crimes.

Since President Donald Trump took office, law enforcement officials and immigrant rights activists have warned that the administration's crackdown on immigration enforcement could create a chilling effect in undocumented communities.

"Folks like this are creatures of habit and opportunity", Salazar said. The sheriff said authorities believe Nunez is related to the child victim.

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