Trinity University assistant police chief arrested in prostitution sting, San Antonio police say

7 other men recently arrested on same charge, magistrate’s office says

Trinity University Assistant Police Chief Pete Perez is on administrative leave after he was arrested by San Antonio police Thursday evening in an alleged prostitution sting.
Trinity University Assistant Police Chief Pete Perez is on administrative leave after he was arrested by San Antonio police Thursday evening in an alleged prostitution sting.

SAN ANTONIO – Trinity University Assistant Police Chief Pete Perez is on administrative leave after he was arrested by San Antonio police Thursday evening in an alleged prostitution sting.

Perez, 57, was charged with felony prostitution-payor, a state felony, after SAPD’s vice unit conducted surveillance on the West Side.

Perez was arrested after 5 p.m. on Thursday during a prostitution sting and taken into custody without incident, police said. More than 12 hours after his arrest, a booking photo was made available by the Bexar County Jail.

Records show his bond was set at $800 — an amount that’s lower than the bonds set for seven other men recently arrested on the same charge.

Trinity University Public Relations Manager Carla Sierra confirmed Perez’s employment with the school.

“Trinity University confirms that Pete Perez has been an employee of the University for 18 years,” Sierra wrote in a statement. “This morning, after learning of his arrest and in accordance with University policies and practices, Assistant Chief Perez has been placed on administrative leave pending an internal investigation of this matter.”

Perez was employed as a peace officer for St. Mary’s University prior to joining Trinity University in 2003, records with the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement state.

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