Texas officer accused of sexually assaulting 4-year-old girl dies of apparent suicide in prison

Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, was arrested for allegedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl. Officials said he was found dead of an apparent suicide in his jail cell Monday morning.

(Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)

A Texas deputy who was accused of sexually assaulting the young daughter of an illegal immigrant died of an apparent suicide in prison, authorities said.

Jose Nunez was found dead early Monday at the Karnes County Detention Center Facility, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office said. While the authorities have said that he died of an apparent suicide, details were not immediately made clear.

Nunez was arrested in June and charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, Sheriff Javier Salazar said at the time. The indictment was regarded as ‘super’, because the victim was only 4 years old.

Salazar said that the police were notified after the girl’s mother brought her to one of the local fire department to make a report. Salazar said that researchers believed that the abuse by Nunez, who was 47, had worked for several months – if not years.


Nunez threatened the girl’s mother, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, with deportation if she reported him, Salazar said.

At the time of his arrest, Nunez was working in the prison. He faced a minimum of 25 years in prison, if convicted.

“The details of the case are, frankly, heartbreaking, shocking, awful and ridiculous all at the same time,” Salazar said.

The Texas Rangers are investigating his death, the San Antonio Express-News reported.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

Kaitlyn Schallhorn is a Reporter for Fox News. Follow her on Twitter: @K_Schallhorn.

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