Former Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy Ramon Agusto Rivera was charged Monday with official oppression for allegedly forcing an informant to obtain drugs for him, the San Antonio Express-News reported.
The 47-year-old was booked into Bexar County jail on the Class A misdemeanor Monday evening.
Sheriff Javier Salazar said deputies became aware in October 2017 that Rivera was allegedly subjecting the informant to unwanted sexual advances, forcing her to obtain controlled substances for him while he worked undercover as part of the narcotics unit, the website reported.
Salazar said Rivera “at some point began to abuse his office and victimize this woman” and he was placed on leave on Nov. 2, 2017, while the public integrity and internal affairs units conducted investigations. Rivera resigned last April after serving 11 years with the sheriff’s office.
“I can only speculate that was done in hopes that we would maybe drop the investigation, which quite the opposite happened,” Salazar said. “We needed to pursue this charge to make sure the public understands that we’re going to do our job no matter who you are.”