The suit, filed in district court Sept. 3 by Precinct 2 Deputy Constable Chris De La Cerda, claims that Barrientes Vela retaliated against him and another deputy constable from the agency, Leonicio Moreno, after Moreno refused sexual overtures from Barrientes Vela.
The suit claims that De La Cerda was in a hot tub with Barrientes Vela and Moreno during the incident in question.
Tumultuous work relationshipIn January 2018, months after the hot tub incident, Barrientes Vela accused De La Cerda and Moreno of falsifying agency training records.
Late last year, after the filing of the first hot tub lawsuit, Barrientes Vela released a statement claiming she had witnesses who could disprove Moreno's version of what happened.
Barrientes Vela responded to a request for comment late Tuesday evening with the following statement:AdMichelle Barrientes Vela response 9/10/19