Bexar County Sheriff's deputies being arrested at prolific rate
Nineteen Bexar County Sheriff’s deputies have been arrested so far this year, eight more than the total from 2017.
With 1,374 deputies in the county, that is an arrest rate of 1.4 percent.
By comparison, three of the 2,329 officers in the San Antonio Police Department have been arrested this year, a rate of 0.13 percent.
If SAPD officers were being arrested at the same rate as the Sheriff’s Department, the number of police arrested would be 32..
Sheriff Javier Salazar, who succeeded Susan Pamerleau on Jan. 1, 2017, attributed the spike in arrests to a culture change in the department.
"If you are going to act like a thug, we are going to treat you like a thug and you're going to jail. It doesn't matter if you wear the uniform or not," he said.
Joseph Martinez, 27, was charged with driving while intoxicated Thursday after he was involved in an accident on I-35 at 3:30 a.m. He had previously been suspended for his role in a 2017 hazing incident.
Martinez, who was also fired on Thursday, is the fourth Bexar County deputy arrested since Sept. 5, and the second for DWI.
Among the sheriff’s deputies arrested this year, six were cited for DWI, three for assaulting inmates and two each for sexual assault of a child and intent to distribute meth. The remaining arrests were for assault and fraud charges.
Salazar admitted to being “extremely disappointed” about previous arrests. Regarding the number of deputies arrested for DWI, he cited the Safe Ride Home Program and said: “It is unfortunate that there are still personnel who fail to heed numerous warnings and continue to drive while intoxicated.”
In Dallas County, where there are 518 deputies, just one has been arrested this year. That department had only two arrests in 2017.
Fifteen of the Bexar County deputies arrested in 2018 are in their 20s or 30s, with three in their 40s and one 61-year-old. Average age of those arrested is 33.5.
Five of the 19 deputies arrested are female.
"We're taking a proactive stance. We're actively seeking it out. If you call it looking for trouble, that's what we're doing. We're out there looking for people that are breaking the law, breaking policies and we're going to hold them accountable to the extent that we can," Salazar said Thursday at a press conference..
Eleven deputies were arrested in 2017, including three for DWI. That was down slightly from 14 in 2015.
Cadets in the Bexar County Sheriff's Department earn a starting annual salary of $34,656. That is over $10,000 less per year than the $45,000 salary SAPD cadets are paid.
Here are the names, ages and charges of the deputies who have been arrested this year, along with a link to each story:
1. Adam Miller, 39, driving while intoxicated, Jan. 12, 2018.
2. Clayton Saunders, 44, aggravated sexual assault of a child, Jan. 27, 2018.
3. Adelaida Adams, 38, medical fraud, theft, Feb. 8, 2018.
4. Michael Gomez, 30, official oppression of inmate, April 11, 2018.
5. Joseph Anthony Hernandez, 26, official oppression of inmate, April 11, 2018.
6. Leonard Lopez, 47, sexual assault, April 17, 2018.
7. Jose Raul Paez, 31, assault causing bodily injury, April 19, 2018.
8. Margie Miranda, 61, driving while intoxicated, April 25, 2018.
9. Andrew McDermott, 26, aggravated assault with deadly weapon, June 6, 2018.
10. Jose Nunez, 47, sexual assault of child, June 17, 2018.
11. Yesenia Rios, 26, driving while intoxicated, July 7, 2018.
12. Libmar Rodriguez, 35, driving while intoxicated, July 26, 2018.
13. Ruben Hernandez, 26, possession with intent to distribute meth, July 26, 2018,
14. Gabriel Robert Ortiz, 29, possession with intent to distribute meth, July 26, 2018.
15. Eric Rodriguez, 31, family violence, Aug. 6, 2018.
16. Tavian Gloeckler, 23, assault and official oppression, Sept. 5, 2018,
18. Aida Santos, 26, family assault, Sept. 9, 2018.
19. Joseph Martinez, 27, driving while intoxicated, Sept. 13, 2018.