A Texas sheriff's deputy has been accused of sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening to deport her undocumented mother if she reported it. According to KSAT, Nunez was assigned to a Bexar County annex jail at the time of his arrest.
Authorities said they suspect Nunez may have had inappropriate contact with other children and encouraged anyone with information to contact the sheriff's office.
Salazar added that Nunez "utilized" the fact that the girl's mother was an undocumented immigrant and used this to "place her in fear" that she would be deported if she tried to report the abuse.
Nunez is charged with super aggravated sexual assault - a charge applied when the victim is less than six years old.
He was arrested early on Sunday morning after the girl's mother sought help from a local fire department.
Investigators are working to ensure the mother is given protected status pending the outcome of the case, Salazar said.
Investigators believe the abuse could go back months or possibly years.
Salazar said that Nunez had family ties to the woman and her daughter, but that their relationship is unclear.
And in the past year, law enforcement agencies from California to New Jersey have indeed reported drops in crime reporting among predominantly Hispanic neighborhoods.
"The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time, to be honest with you", Salazar said. By 4 a.m. that following day, Nunez had been arrested. I don't know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community. "If you break the law, you are going to jail".
"It looks like they're going further into the shadows", Acevedo told The Washington Post in May of past year.
Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a press conference on Sunday that Mr Nunez had been placed on paid administrative leave pending an internal investigation.
"It's important that they feel comfortable enough to give us a call and report the crime".