SAN ANTONIO – San Antonio police on Wednesday arrested one of their own officers after investigators determined he accepted money in exchange for providing information to the suspect in a domestic violence case.
Officer Erik Rodriguez, a 14-year veteran of SAPD, faces a felony charge of misuse of official information, according to an SAPD press release.
He was taken into custody around 1 p.m., booking records show.
A detective became aware of the allegations against Rodriguez after the victim in a domestic violence case said she believed her abuser had a friend providing him information, the release states.
The detective later discovered that not only had Rodriguez provided case information to the suspect, but had been paid by the suspect to do so.
SAPD Chief William McManus released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“Preventing family violence and providing services to victims has been and remains a priority for the San Antonio Police Department. I am bitterly disappointed and frustrated that an SAPD Officer would violate his oath of office and the public trust by placing a survivor in jeopardy. The quick response of the SAPD Detective assigned to this case reinforces that there will be swift and serious consequences for any type of misconduct. The investigation of the officer and the abuser will continue, and additional charges may be filed.”
Rodriguez is the first SAPD officer arrested this year.