An arrest affidavit and complaint filed against a Marlin police captain details sexual abuse of a woman who feared the captain would arrest her if she did not capitulate to his requests, because she had entered the country illegally.
Hector Almazan Gonzalez, 51, of Marlin, was arrested Wednesday by the Texas Rangers on a second-degree felony charge of sexual assault. Marlin Mayor John Keefer said Gonzalez resigned after his arrest Wednesday night.
“The only statement we are making at this point is that he has officially resigned. He resigned at 7:55 p.m. last night to the city manager,” Keefer said Thursday. “At this point, that has just been a verbal (resignation), and we have asked for a written, just so we have it for our file. But at this point, he is no longer employed as far as we are concerned with the city of Marlin.”
The district attorney notified authorities on June 20 about allegations of sexual misconduct against Gonzalez where he allegedly approached a woman about her legal status, the arrest affidavit states. Gonzalez allegedly forced the woman into sex acts using his power as a law enforcement officer.
“She claims since meeting Captain Gonzalez he has approached her on many occasions and has let her know that he is aware she is an undocumented alien,” the affidavit states. “She stated that Gonzalez told her that he could arrest her for being illegal, but he would not do that if she would have sex with him.”
The woman initially refused, stating she did not want to have sex with Gonzalez. She also claimed that Gonzalez sexually touched her one day, the affidavit states.
“(The woman) explained Captain Gonzalez promised to keep her safe and take care of things for her because she had no documents to be in the United States,” the affidavit states. “He told her if she ever got in trouble with law enforcement for her to call him for help in exchange for sex.”
The affidavit states that the woman was involved in a vehicle crash in another jurisdiction and needed help getting a crash report in late June. Gonzalez allegedly went to the jurisdiction, showed his police badge, obtained the information the woman requested and brought it to the Marlin Police Department where he used a department computer to get the crash report.
“After printing the crash report, Gonzalez told (the woman) that he would not give her the report unless she would have sex with him,” the affidavit states. “
The woman denied Gonzalez’s sexual proposition but later agreed to engage in oral sex, the affidavit states.
“(The woman) explained she kept Captain Gonzalez (as) her friend, because she did not want to be arrested by him for being an illegal alien,” the affidavit states. “She explained she felt compelled to let Captain Gonzalez perform oral sex on her because he is a police officer and he can take care of her problems and she did not want to be arrested for being an undocumented alien.”
Investigators reported that the woman has been attempting to avoid seeing Gonzalez since the incident.
Texas Rangers arrested Gonzalez at a Marlin financial institution late Wednesday afternoon where he was reportedly working off-duty. He was taken to Falls County Jail before he posted a $50,000 bond and was released from custody.
Texas Department of Public Safety Sgt. D.L. Wilson said the investigation remains ongoing.