BEXAR COUNTY, Texas - A Bexar County Sheriff's deputy is accused of raping a 4-year-old girl, then threatening to have her family deported if anyone spoke out, authorities said.
"The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking," Sheriff Javier Salazar said.
Jose Nunez, 47, was arrested after he allegedly sexually assaulted the little girl, who told her mother Nunez touched her inappropriately and hurt her.
"The mother of this little girl is an undocumented immigrant," Salazar said.
According to the sheriff, Nunez used the mom's immigration status to threaten the family.
"And my understanding is that this suspect utilized that to his advantage to place the mother in fear that she would be deported if she did report it," Salazar said.
Despite Nunez's threats and attempts at manipulation, the mom called police from a local fire station and reported the 10-year law enforcement veteran.
The girl suffered minor injuries, but is now safe, authorities said.
Nunez was jailed and charged with super aggravated assault of a child.
Salazar said the allegations makes him sick.
"Disturbing. Disgusting and infuriating all at the same time, to be honest with you," the sheriff said.
Authorities say the 4-year-old may not be the only child victimized by Nunez. They fear the former detention officer may have used his position to overpower and sexually abuse others.