By Chris Quinn, mySA.com / San Antonio Express-News and Alexandro Luna
A Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy was arrested by deputies early
Sunday in connection with the sexual assault of a 4-year-old girl,
Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said the
accused is 47-year-old Jose Nunez, a 10-year department veteran who has
served as a detention officer.
According to Salazar, the victim's mother
called authorities some time overnight after the girl cried out to her
for help. Deputies responded and by 4 a.m., after an initial
investigation, Nunez was arrested. He was later charged with felony
sexual assault of a child younger than 6, according to Salazar.
Authorities believe the assault has been
ongoing for months, perhaps years, Salazar said, adding that the girl's
mother was allegedly blackmailed by the deputy to "place her in fear,"
so she would not report the assaults.
Salazar said the mother is an undocumented
immigrant and that Nunez allegedly said if she went to authorities, he
would report her.