Sherriff's deputy arrested for sexual assault of 4-year-old
Victim’s mother told the Sheriff that she was scared into silence for fear of deportation, as she was an undocumented immigrant.
The Bexar County Sheriff’s Department in Texas arrested 47-year-old Jose Nunez in a frightful case of underage sexual assault. Nunez was working as a detention deputy and had been with the sheriff’s department for over 10 years.
The victim’s mother was prompted to go to the fire department on a Saturday night after she heard screams from her daughter being assaulted. Subsequently, the off-duty Nunez was arrested on Sunday, June 17, 2018, at 3 a.m.
Sheriff Javier Salazar was verbal about the deplorable nature of the case. He mentioned that the details of the case were heart-breaking, disturbing, disgusting, and infuriating all at the same time
HAPPENING NOW: BCSO sheriff says Jose Nunez, a detention deputy was arrested for sexually assaulting a 4 yr old. Victim’s mother who was an undocumented immigrant called for help. Sheriff says Nunez used her status against her to try & prevent her from telling. #KENS5Eyewitness pic.twitter.com/RFA2PmjHEq— Sharon Ko (@SharonKoTV) June 17, 2018
Sheriff Salazar continued to state that this sort of behavior would not be tolerated by the department, as it showed their unworthiness. He vowed to get such people out of the department and 'cut them out like cancer.'
Threatening deportation to quell reporting rape of a 4 y/o. Absolutely disgusting. But equally as terrifying to think this could be the tip of the iceberg, since accusations of this sort are normally a small percentage of occurrences. We need a #METOOMOVEMENT type of response!— Tony Rosales (@arosales0703) June 19, 2018
Nunez has been charged with super aggravated sexual assault. This charge is applied when the victim is below 6 years of age. If convicted, he will be sentenced to a minimum of 25 years behind the bars, as per the law.
The sheriff’s department has petitioned to obtain protected status for the victim’s mother, pending the outcome of the case against Nunez.
Who on earth would feel safe reporting him? He targeted undocumented immigrants b/c he knew fear of deportation would protect him. Now that he’s been found out, why would a mother risk bringing att. to herself? Our gov’t has given them no reason to trust us. I don’t blame them.— PoppyWrites (@poppy_writes) June 19, 2018
According to Independent, Nunez was allegedly abusing the victim over a course of several months, and that toddler may not be his only victim.
Sheriff Salazar suspected that Nunez may have targeted the undocumented community as they are less likely to report any crimes for fear of deportation.
He still insisted that any undocumented immigrant should report if they are victims of any crime and promised that the sheriff’s department will try to protect them, as reported by CBS News.
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