Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, is accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl.
(Bexar County Sheriff’s Office)
A Texas detention deputy accused of having sexually abused a young child whose mother is undocumented, is arrested.
Jose Nunez, a 10-year veteran of the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office, was Sunday arrested and charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, who may be a family member, according to Sheriff Javier Salazar. The payment is considered to be ‘super’, because the victim is only 4 years old.
Salazar said that the police were notified after the girl’s mother took her to a local fire station after they called for help. While the case is ongoing, Salazar said that researchers believe that the abuse by Nunez, 47, had worked for several months – if not years.
He said that they also suffered small injuries from the alleged abuse.
“The details of the case are, frankly, heartbreaking, shocking, awful and ridiculous all at the same time,” Salazar said at a press conference.
At the time of his arrest, Nunez was assigned to the annex jail, KSAT-TV reported.
Nunez threatened the girl’s mother, an illegal immigrant from Guatemala, with deportation if she reported him, Salazar said.
He said that researchers work together with the mother to complete paperwork in a way that ensures they have a protected status “pending the outcome of this case.” It is unclear whether the young girl is a U.S. citizen.
Nunez is being held without bail. If convicted, he would face a minimum of 25 years in prison.
Salazar said that researchers believe that there could be other victims and encouraged by parents, including those in the non-community, to come forward if their children had contact with Nunez.
The Bexar police department is “not afraid to do the right thing,” Salazar said, adding that his “purpose” is the removal of Nunez of the force.
“We will absolutely arrest you if you break the law, and it doesn’t matter if you wear a uniform, if you wear a badge, if you carry a gun. If you break the law, you go to jail,” he said.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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