Texas Sheriff's Deputy, Who Raped 4-Year-Old Girl, Found Dead in Prison
Jose Nunez died of apparent 'suicide,' according to authorities
A Texas Sheriff's deputy, who was arrested for raping a 4-year-old child, has been found dead in his prison cell.
47-year-old Jose Nunez, who was accused of sexually assaulting the young daughter of an undocumented immigrant, has died of an apparent suicide while in prison, authorities confirmed.
Nunez's body was discovered by officers on Monday at the Karnes County Detention Center Facility, according to the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office.
Authorities have ruled his death as an apparent suicide, although details were not immediately made clear.
The charge was considered “super” because the victim was only 4 years old.
Salazar said police were notified after the girl’s mother brought her to a local fire station to make a report.
Salazar said investigators believed the abuse by Nunez, who was 47, had been ongoing for several months – if not years.
Nunez threatened the girl’s mother, an undocumented immigrant from Guatemala, with deportation if she reported him, Salazar said.
At the time of his arrest, Nunez was working at the county jail.
He faced a minimum of 25 years in prison if convicted.
“The details of the case are, quite frankly, heartbreaking, disturbing, disgusting and infuriating all at the same time,” Salazar had said.
The Texas Rangers are investigating his death, the San Antonio Express-News reported.