Updated 9:25 pm, Monday, January 9, 2017
A Harris County sheriff’s deputy is out of a job after a shocking allegation and an obscenity charge, authorities said on Monday.
“The allegation involves production of obscene material that includes sexual contact with a dog,” said Dane Schiller, a spokesman for the Harris County District Attorney’s Office.
Andrew Sustaita Jr., a six-year veteran of the force, was relieved of duty after his arrest for the state jail felony, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said in a statement.
Sustaita, who was most recently assigned to the Crime Control Division, was identified as a suspect after investigators found out about obscene online material coming from an account based in Harris County.
The Sheriff’s Office’s High Tech Crime Unit investigated the case and determined that Sustaita was allegedly involved in producing the obscene online material.
“The possession of obscene and illicit material is made even more troubling when a Sheriff’s Office employee is found to be involved,” Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said in a statement.
“Every resource of this office will be dedicated to protecting the public and holding our employees accountable for wrongdoing.”
The investigation is still ongoing and could lead to additional charges, authorities said Monday.
No further details are currently available.