A Texas sheriff’s deputy who has been jailed since June for allegedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl was found dead in his jail cell Monday of an apparent suicide.
According to The New York Times, former Bexar County Deputy Jose S. Nunez, 37, was found dead in his cell at Karnes County Correctional Center at 5:45 p.m. Monday. Nunez was accused of sexually assaulting the girl and then threatening her mother, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, with deportation if she reported the assault.
Despite his threat, the girl’s mother took her daughter to a local fire station and reported Nunez. Bexar County Sheriff’s Office spokesperson Seargent Elizabeth Gonzalez said Nunez had been at the jail since June 17, the same day he was arrested on charges of super aggravated sexual assault of a child.
Nunez, who was a detention officer at the Bexar County jail for 10 years, is related to the young victim, though the precise nature of the familial relationship is unknown. The New York Times reported that Nunez had been on unpaid leave since his arrest.
As CrimeOnline previously reported, it was in June when the girl told her mother about Nunez touching her inappropriately, leading the mother to confront him. At the time of his death, police were investigating whether the abuse spanned several years.
Shortly after Nunez’s arrest, Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said authorities were working with the girl’s mother to get her the proper documentation to stay in the country legally.
Salazar told The Times Tuesday that there’s no indication that foul play was involved and that they’re waiting for the medical examiner to provide an official cause of death. The sheriff also said they’re still investigating whether Nunez had other victims.
[Featured image: Jose S. Nunez/Bexar County Sheriff’s Office]