Texas Detention Officer Charged With Sexual Assault Of Little Girl Then Blackmailing Mother With Deportation

Trump is putting immigrant children through hell. Not only is he separating children from their parents at the border even if they are legally applying for asylum and shoving them into cages (one cage at a Texas facility was reported to have 20 kids crammed inside), but children of  undocumented immigrants, in general, are being forced to endure horrors no child should face pretty much everywhere while the President* and his allies turn a blind eye.

A Texas detention officer was arrested Sunday on a charge of “super aggravated sexual assault” of a 4-year-old girl and blackmailing the mother to stay silent about the horrific abuse he was inflicting on her daughter. Jose Nunez, 47, threatened to deport the woman if she reported the sexual attacks on her child.

Nunez, who is related to the little girl, is accused of sexually assaulting her at her residence for months on end — perhaps even as long as two years.

Though the assaults did not occur at a detention facility, the state of Texas has created an atmosphere of fear among the undocumented with a law that goes into effect in September which will allow law enforcement to aggressively question witnesses and victims in criminal cases if they believe they are in the country illegally.

“The details of the case are quite frankly heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” says Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.

The frantic woman took her daughter to a local fire station for help after the threats failed to dissuade her. The girl was suffering from physical pain and “made an outcry,” which caused the mother, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala to reach out for help.

“This suspect utilized to his advantage to place the mother in fear that she would be deported if she did report it,” the sheriff said, adding that the “little girl now is safe.”

“I don’t know that he was purposely targeting the undocumented community,” Salazar says. “Certainly what was appealing was the vulnerability of that community because they are less apt to report things.”

Since we know this is happening to undocumented immigrants outside Trump’s concentration camps, what could be happening to children inside the camps is unthinkable. It is yet unclear how many children Nunes has assaulted at work, though we can not reasonably expect that the answer is “zero.”

So far, Nunez faces a minimum of 25 years in prison for his crimes but has been put on paid leave pending an investigation.

As expected, Trump is completely silent about this.

It’s easy to say “this is not who we are,” but the fact is that until we get rid of Trump and all like him it’s most definitely who we are.

Watch a news conference about the arrest below:

Bexar County Sheriff’s Office Criminal Investigators have arrested an off duty BCSO Detention Deputy for a felony charge involving the sexual assault of a child. Sheriff Salazar provided a briefing.

Posted by Bexar County Sheriff's Office on Sunday, June 17, 2018