Deputy sexually assaulted 4-year-old, threatened mother with deportation, sheriff says

Marsha Scott
June 19, 2018

A Texas sheriff's deputy on Monday was charged with "super aggravated sexual assault" of a 4-year-old girl after it was found that the child's mother was threatened with deportation if she didn't stay silent about the abuse, according to NBC News.

"The details of the case are, quite frankly, heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time", he said at a press conference on Sunday. Nunez is accused of touching the child's genitals in such a way that "caused pain and at least some indication of minor injury", Salazar said.

Salazar said investigators believe the girl had been assaulted multiple times over the course of several months. If convicted, he would face a minimum of 25 years in prison.

He worked at the Bexar County Detention Center (file picture above) and has been placed on administrative leave pending the investigation. "And that's what's going to happen in this case", he said.

He said that his department is "filling out paperwork" to ensure that the mother is treated as a witness, and given "protected status pending the outcome of this case", which would allow her to remain in the US.

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Salazar said police were notified after the girl's mother brought her to a local fire station after she cried out for help.

'Certainly I think what appealed to him, in this case anyway, is the vulnerability of that community because of the fact that they're less apt to report things'.

Salazar urged anyone with more information to come forward to authorities. "If you break the law, you are going to jail", Salazar said.

The arrest of the undocumented has come under scrutiny after a growing number of parents and their children are being separated at the border as part of the Trump administration's illegal immigration enforcement strategy. The governor signed a bill a year ago that effectively bans "sanctuary" jurisdictions in the state, imposing costly fines and even jail time on officials who refuse to cooperate with USA immigration agents. The sheriff said authorities believe Nunez is related to the child victim.

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