SAPD officer fired for groping woman faces additional suspension for improperly accessing criminal background system

Ofc. Jeremias Duque Jr. to serve 10-day suspension if indefinite suspension is overturned

A photo of the SAPD substation on East Houston Street. (Courtesy of the City of San Antonio)

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer fired late last year after records showed he groped a woman and damaged a home while intoxicated has been hit with an additional 10-day suspension for improperly accessing a criminal background system, city discipline records obtained by KSAT Investigates show.

Officer Jeremias Duque Jr. was handed the suspension late last month, and will serve it if his previous indefinite suspension is overturned, an SAPD official confirmed to KSAT.

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Duque, while working at SAPD’s substation in the 3600 block of E. Houston St. in September, accessed the Criminal Justice Information System and later shared criminal background information and a mugshot with a civilian, records show.

The civilian was a customer in a dispute with another person over vehicle repairs, according to records.

Duque accessing CJIS for personal reasons violated SAPD rules on proper conduct and behavior, his suspension paperwork states.

Duque fired after drunken night that included groping woman, damaging home in New Braunfels

Duque, a four-year veteran of SAPD, was handed an indefinite suspension on Nov. 30, after a series of incidents at a home in New Braunfels and later at a hospital in late July.

Duque on July 23 placed his hand on the breast of the homeowner’s mother after asking her if her breasts were real, city discipline records state.

The woman told New Braunfels police that Duque’s actions were offensive. After a witness confronted Duque, Duque said “he could do whatever he wanted,” records show.

Duque, who was off-duty and described in discipline records as intoxicated, then started a fight with the woman’s son after the man confronted Duque about the groping incident, records show.

Duque swung at the man five times during the altercation, missing each punch, and was punched by the man three to four times, witnesses told New Braunfels police.

After Duque and the man were separated, Duque then broke a window at the residence with his hand and ripped a door curtain on the back door while forcing his way back into the home, records show.

A New Braunfels police officer called to the scene described Duque as “too intoxicated to even talk to, honestly” and that he had slurred speech, bloodshot eyes, a strong odor of alcoholic beverage emitting from him, and was unable to maintain his balance, records show.

The officer later told an SAPD supervisor that Duque was very disrespectful and “that is absolutely, in no shape, way or form, how an officer should be acting outside of uniform,” records show.

A person at the residence told NBPD that Duque had likely consumed more than six beers, four to five “jello shots,” and at least two “pickle shots,” a mixture of hard alcohol and pickle juice.

After Duque was taken to an emergency room, he cursed at staff and refused to follow hospital procedures, records show.

NBPD listed Duque as a suspect for both indecent assault and criminal mischief. He was not criminally charged, however, because the woman whose breast he touched and the owner of the home both declined to pursue charges, an NBPD spokesman confirmed to KSAT earlier this year.

Read more reporting on the KSAT Investigates page.

About the Author

Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined KSAT Investigates in September 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat and on the Six O'Clock News. Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

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