SAPD officer slapped with new bribery charge for giving info to domestic violence suspect, officials say

Officer Erik Rodriguez also charged with felony misuse of official information

Erik Rodriguez is accused of accepting money to give out information in a domestic violence case. (KSAT)

SAN ANTONIO – A San Antonio police officer has been arrested again in connection with a case in which officials said he accepted money in exchange for providing information to a suspect in a domestic violence case.

Erik Rodriguez, a 14-year veteran of SAPD, was arrested and charged with bribery on Wednesday. He was also arrested last week for misuse of official information in connection with the case.

SAPD officer arrested, accused of accepting money in exchange for giving info to domestic violence suspect

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 last week:

“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.


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Emmy-award winning reporter Dillon Collier joined the KSAT 12 Defenders in 2016. Dillon's investigative stories air weeknights on the Nightbeat. He provides restaurant health reports for KSAT's "Behind the Kitchen Door." Dillon is a two-time Houston Press Club Journalist of the Year and a Texas Associated Press Broadcasters Reporter of the Year.

Ivan Herrera has worked as a journalist in San Antonio for four years. Using his graduate degree in business from UTSA, he developed "Money: It's Personal," a weekly series that airs on GMSA at 9 on Tuesdays. The series breaks down personal finance topics into easy explainers. Before living in SA, Ivan covered border news in the Rio Grande Valley.