A sheriff’s deputy in Texas has been accused of sexually abusing a 4-year-old girl, then threatening her mother with deportation if she told anyone about the abuse.
According to CNN, Bexar County Deputy Jose Nunez, 47, is facing a charge of “super aggravated sexual assault of a child,” which applies to cases where the victim is younger than 6 years old, or the victim is under 14 and serious bodily harm or the presence of a deadly weapon are also involved in the crime. If convicted, Nunez could face a lengthy prison sentence — from 25 years to life in prison.
Nunez is reportedly related to the victim, though the details of their relationship have not been made clear. He allegedly told the girl’s mother, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, that she would be deported if she alerted authorities to the abuse. But the mother recently brought her child to a fire station in the middle of the night; NBC News reports that Sheriff Javier Salazar said the girl was in physical pain and had been crying out for help.
Salazar also revealed that the abuse may have been going on for months, or even years, and authorities believe there may be other young victims.
“The details of this are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” he said.
The department is reportedly petitioning to give the mother protected status while the case is ongoing.
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