DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — A former deputy with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested and indicted on charges of child sex abuse.
According to court documents, Hector David Jimenez allegedly asked a 13-year-old girl to have sexual intercourse with him in 2015. Authorities say Jimenez was dating her mother and used his position in law enforcement to intimidate the victim.
Jimenez, 46, was not employed with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the alleged crimes, according to Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney Anne Baskerville, but was working in law enforcement for another jurisdiction.
Baskerville told 8News that the victim’s family was hesitant to come forward because the suspect was a law enforcement officer, but made it clear that her office wants the entire community to know that regardless where someone works, they will be prosecuted if they break law.
“I do want the community to know that certainly it’s not being swept under the rug, that action, an investigation, and now prosecution is taking place as swiftly as possible,” Baskerville said.
Many are shocked and disturbed over the allegations.
Others maintain Jimenez’s innocence.
One of them is a neighbor of the accused who, withholding her identity, told 8News her daughters have spent countless hours at Jimenez’s home.
“There’s no way that I could … I can’t believe that,” she said. “I have never felt weird about my daughters going over there.”
When asked if the allegations now make her question a man she trusted, she simply replied, “no.”
“I have always felt comfortable with my daughters visiting his house,” she said.
Jimenez, who faces up to 30 years in prison, is charged with aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor. He was indicted on Tuesday and fired from the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office on Wednesday.
Jimenez is being held without bond at Meherrin Regional Jail.
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