Updated 10:39 am, Tuesday, May 3, 2016
SAN ANTONIO — A five-year veteran of the San Antonio Police Department was arrested on Monday night and charged with sexually assaulting a child.
Juan Ruiz-Carrillo, 47, was taken into custody shortly after 9 p.m. on the second-degree felony charge, according to SAPD spokesman Sgt. Jesse Salame.
According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Ruiz-Carrillo is suspected of sexually assaulting the teen on a nearly weekly basis for about four years. The document alleges that the abuse began when the victim was 15, and that he told her that he would kill himself if she told anyone what was going on.
The affidavit said that the young girl made an outcry to a youth pastor at her church, who told the victim’s parents and urged them to contact police.
SAPD Chief William McManus said at a Tuesday morning press conference the department received an “outcry” from the alleged victim “that she was being sexually assaulted or having sexual relationships” with Ruiz-Carrillo.
Photo: Bob Owen, San Antonio Express-News
“We wasted no time,” McManus said, adding that the incident was an “outrage.”“We had this officer in custody within 24 hours. We spent a long time looking for him. Once we finally found him, we arrested him without incident,” he said
McManus said Ruiz-Carrillo was scheduled to work on Monday. However, he called in sick about an hour before his shift. At this point, it is unclear whether he had any indication that he was going to be arrested.
“We were actually waiting for him to come in,” he said. “We had the paperwork ready to go put him on administrative leave at that point.”
McManus said Ruiz-Carrillo has been placed on administrative leave pending the outcome of his case.
“There is no one in this police department that is pleased by this or happy about this. It is an embarrassment to the department. Officers take great pride in their jobs, and no one wants to see an officer who’s been convicted or who’s been involved in something like this remain on the department,” McManus said.