Power corrupts and any opportunistic, pragmatic person would consider the potential benefits of coloring outside the lines of ethics and morality. So it comes as no surprise when peace officers overstep the boundaries of their authority, especially in cases where the victim’s rights weigh less than the tinfoil badge they wear. Far too often we find opportunistic cops seeking to gain on the demise on the people they prey upon while a “just-us” system looks the other way. When forced to confront the inefficiency of their accountability, more often than not, an officer gets a slap on the wrist or is allowed to resign and seek work elsewhere. Sometimes the rights’ violation is too hard to ignore and for the sake of maintaining law and order, the hammer falls on an entitled individual with a badge. Such is the case of Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Jose Nunez.
Nunez is said to have threatened an undocumented immigrant with deportation and raping the woman’s four-year-old daughter. The 10-year-veteran serves as a detention officer. On Sunday, he was charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the mother brought her daughter to a local fire station after crying out in pain for help. A preliminary review was conducted and fire personnel determined that something was wrong with the girl. Deputies responded to the call and after an initial investigation, Nunez was arrested.
“The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time, to be honest with you,” said Salazar.
Authorities are saying that the sexual assaults had been going on for months and maybe even years. Their investigation found that Nunez was blackmailing the mother to prevent her from reporting the assaults. The pedo sheriff’s deputy placed the mother in fear with threats of deportation back to Guatemala all while continuing to get his rocks off on an innocent child.
“We know that it’s been going on for several months,” Salazar said. “We are not ruling out the fact that it could have been going back several years,” reports KSAT 12.
“Folks like this are creatures of habit and opportunity,” Salazar said. “I don’t know that he 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 was not able to provide information about whether Nunez committed any prior offenses. He does however believe that there may be more victims in the undocumented community due to their vulnerability. The sheriff is urging the Bexar immigrant community come forward with any information pertaining to the current case or other assaults committed by Nunez.
Nunez is currently enjoying a 10 day paid vacation. His vacation may go unpaid after the 10 days said the chief. If convicted, Nunez faces a minimum of 25 years in jail.
“My objective is to separate this person from the agency as soon as possible,” Salazar said.
For the time being, protected status is being given to the mother as a witness in the case.
“Just like we are doing in this case, we are filling out paperwork with this witness in question to make sure that she’s given protected status pending the outcome of this case,” Salazar said. “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.