A Bexar County sheriff’s deputy was found dead in his jail cell from what authorities are calling an apparent suicide.
Jose Nunez, 47, was arrested and jailed for super aggravated sexual assault after repeatedly sexually assaulting a 4-year-old girl and threatening her mother with deportation if she reported the abuse, reported ABC 13.
The 10-year sheriff’s department veteran was found dead in his cell at the Karnes Correctional Center, according to Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar.
The sheriff would not reveal any specifics of the death, but said the evidence led investigators to believe it was suicide.
Nunez was jailed in Karnes County to avoid preferential treatment for the former child raping deputy.
At the time of his arrest, ABC 13 reported Nunez may have had other child victims.
The man, Jose S. Nunez, was found in his cell at Karnes County Correctional Center at 5:45 p.m. on Monday, said Sgt. Elizabeth Gonzalez, a spokeswoman for the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. She said the Karnes County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Ranger Division were investigating.
Sergeant Gonzalez said Mr. Nunez had been held at the jail since June 17.
Mr. Nunez, 47, was arrested that day in Bexar County after the girl’s mother said that her child made an “outcry” about the abuse, and she reported him to a fire station, Sheriff Javier Salazar said at a news conference that month.
Mr. Nunez was charged with super aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony because of the girl’s age, Sheriff Salazar said. In the event of a conviction, the charge carries a prison sentence of at least 25 years.