There have been 17 Bexar County sheriff’s deputies arrested in 2018. That is reportedly six more than the total number of deputies arrested in 2017. Out of 1,374 deputies in the county, that is an arrest rate of 1.25 percent. Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar attributes the increase to a new culture of accountability. Salazar took over the department on Jan. 1, 2017 from Susan Pamerleau.
“If you are going to act like a thug, we are going to treat you like a thug and you’re going to jail. It doesn’t matter if you wear the uniform or not,” he said.
The most recent deputies to rock the steel bracelets were Kailin Kruger and Tavian Gloeckler. Both deputies were arrested this week. Kruger, the 26-year-old corporal, was arrested for driving while intoxicated Friday morning. 23-year-old Gloeckler reportedly started a fight with an inmate and lost. He was charged Wednesday with assault and official oppression.
Of the 17 deputies arrested this year, five of them were cited for DWI. Another three were cited for assaulting inmates and two each for sexual assault of a child and intent to distribute meth. The rest of the deputies were arrested for sexual assault, medical fraud, assault with a deadly weapon, assault causing bodily injury and family violence.
Sounds like a whole bushel full of bad apples.
The current chief is disappointed in the number of arrests this year. In regards to all the drunk driving arrests Salazar cited the Safe Ride Home Program and said: “It is unfortunate that there are still personnel who fail to heed numerous warnings and continue to drive while intoxicated.”
Thirteen of the Bexar County deputies arrested in 2018 are in their 20s or 30s, with three in their 40s and one 61-year-old. Four of the 17 deputies arrested are female. Eleven deputies were arrested in 2017, including three for DWI. That was down slightly from 14 in 2015.
Here are the names, ages and charges of the deputies who have been arrested this year, along with a link to each story:
1. Adam Miller, 39, driving while intoxicated, Jan. 12, 2018.
2. Clayton Saunders, 44, aggravated sexual assault of a child, Jan. 27, 2018.
3. Adelaida Adams, 38, medical fraud, theft, Feb. 8, 2018.
4. Michael Gomez, 30, official oppression of inmate, April 11, 2018.
5. Joseph Anthony Hernandez, 26, official oppression of inmate, April 11, 2018.
6. Leonard Lopez, 47, sexual assault, April 17, 2018.
7. Jose Raul Paez, 31, assault causing bodily injury, April 19, 2018.
8. Margie Miranda, 61, driving while intoxicated, April 25, 2018.
9. Andrew McDermott, 26, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, June 6, 2018.
10. Jose Nunez, 47, sexual assault of child, June 17, 2018.
11. Yesenia Rios, 26, driving while intoxicated, July 7, 2018.
12. Libmar Rodriguez, 35, driving while intoxicated, July 26, 2018.
13. Ruben Hernandez, 26, possession with intent to distribute meth, July 26, 2018,
14. Gabriel Robert Ortiz, 29, possession with intent to distribute meth, July 26, 2018.
15. Eric Rodriguez, 31, family violence, Aug. 6, 2018.
16. Tavian Gloeckler, 23, assault and official oppression, Sept. 5, 2018,