Ex-BCSO detention officer in custody commits suicide by hanging, officials say

Jose Nunez, 47, found in Karnes County jail cell

SAN ANTONIO – A former Bexar County Sheriff's Office detention officer who has been in custody since his arrest in June committed suicide by hanging himself, sheriff's officials said.

Jose Nunez, 47, was found dead Monday afternoon inside his single-occupancy jail cell in a private jail in Karnes County.

A BCSO spokesperson said although the case is still under investigation, there were no signs of foul play.  

Nunez had been in custody since his arrest in connection with the super aggravated sexual assault of a child charge.

During a June 17 news conference, Sheriff Javier Salazar detailed the case, which he called, "heartbreaking, disturbing and disgusting."

Salazar said that Nunez was accused of fondling a 4-year-old girl and threatened her mother with deportation if she reported the alleged crime.

The sheriff said at the time that the alleged sexual assault had been going on for several months, and that there might be more victims.

Although the crime allegedly happened in Bexar County, Nunez was sent to the privately run Karnes County Adult Detention Center due to his former employer's recently enacted policy.

"I actually changed policy to implement that, that if we've got a deputy that's incarcerated, we won't be incarcerating them here very long at all," Salazar said at the time of the arrest.

BCSO released the initial statement about Nunez's death late Monday night.  

The case is being investigated by the Texas Rangers.

The jail in Karnes County is operated by The GEO Group, a private company.

KSAT 12 News reached out to the GEO Group and the Texas Rangers for additional information, but haven't heard back from them.

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