A sheriff’s deputy in Bexar County, Texas (which houses San Antonio) has been formally charged with felony sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl.
KSAT-TV identified the deputy behind the alleged attack as 47-year-old Jose Nunez — a 10-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. Nunez is being charged with aggravated sexual assault with a child, which carries a minimum prison sentence of 25 years for victims under six years of age, according to Texas penal code.
Nunez also allegedly blackmailed the 4-year-old victim’s mother, who is an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, by threatening to have her deported if she went to authorities to report his assaulting of her daughter. According to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar, the assaults may have been ongoing for months, or even years.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said his department is investigating whether or not there are more victims.
“I don’t know that [Nunez] was purposely targeting the undocumented community. Certainly what was appealing was the vulnerability of that community because they are less apt to report things,” Salazar said.
Sheriff Salazar’s remarks about his former deputy are reminiscent of the trial against former Oklahoma police officer Daniel Holtzclaw, who was convicted of raping and sexually assaulting multiple black women. One of the witnesses who testified remarked that Holtzclaw was deliberate in selecting victims whose credibility would be questioned if they ever spoke out.
However, despite Nunez’s position as a veteran of the sheriff’s office, Salazar said he was not immune from accountability.
“We will absolutely arrest you if you break the law and it doesn’t matter if you wear a uniform, if you carry a badge, if you carry a gun. If you break the law, you are going to jail,” Salazar said.
Jake Shepherd is a freelance writer from Cleveland, Ohio. He enjoys poring through financial disclosure statements, spirited debate, and good scotch. He remains eternally optimistic about the Browns. Email him at jake.d.shepherd.21 (at) hotmail (dot) com.