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Texas Authorities: Deputy accused of ‘super aggravated sexual assault’ involving undocumented migrant’s child

June 20, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Texas Authorities: Deputy accused of ‘super aggravated sexual assault’ involving undocumented migrant’s child

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Authorities in San Antonio took a sheriff’s deputy into custody on allegations that he committed “super aggravated sexual assault” on a 4-year-old girl who is the daughter of an undocumented immigrant.

Law enforcement officials indicated that the deputy blackmailed and threatened the girl’s mother saying she would be deported if she went to the police.

Officers arrested Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Nunez on Sunday while he was off-duty after an outcry from the mother at a local fire station, according to NBC News. The mother brought her child to a fire station for help.

The 47-year-old sheriff’s deputy, who is a detention officer at the Bexar County Jail, could face up to 25 years behind bars if found guilty, NBC News reports.

“This suspect placed the mother in fear that she would be deported if she did report it,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar told the media at a news conference. He revealed that the “little girl now is safe.”

“The details of the case are heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating at the same time,” Sheriff Salazar added.

Salazar noted the little girl experienced physical pain and “made an outcry.” After the outcry, the mother went to a fire station to ask for help. The sheriff also said that Nunez has “familial ties” to the pair, but did not reveal the relationship.

Jose Nunez – Bexar County Sheriff’s Office deputy (Above) accused of super aggravated sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl

The sheriff added that the abuse likely persisted for months or even years and noted that other victims could be out there.

Nunez has worked for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for over ten years.

“I don’t know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community,” Salazar stated. “What was appealing was the vulnerability of that community because they are less apt to report.”

Some Texas law enforcement officials claim that the state’s new sanctuary city policy makes undocumented migrants less likely to report crimes that they are witnesses to or victims of.

However, the officials don’t mention that the law referred to as SB4 prohibits officers from inquiring about the immigration status of a victim or witness.

The legislation even provides the power to law enforcement agencies to launch “outreach activities to educate the public that an officer may not inquire into the immigration status of a victim of witness to a criminal offense.”

The law gives an exception to the prohibition only in instances where the inquiry is necessary to investigate the crimes, such as in human smuggling and extortion, or if the question is posed to “provide the victim or witness with information about visas designed to protect individuals assisting law enforcement.”

The law also “requires” agencies to implement outreach to victims of violence and sexual assault.

The sheriff indicated that his department is requesting that the mother receive protected status while the investigation is pending.

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