Prosecutors not pursuing child sex charges against former Dinwiddie deputy

Hector Jimenez Photo: Meherrin Regional Jail

DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. (WRIC) — Prosecutors in Dinwiddie County have decided not to pursue child sex charges against a former Dinwiddie sheriff’s deputy.

Hector Jimenez was charged in April 2017 of aggravated sexual battery and taking indecent liberties with a minor. Prosecutors said that in 2015, Jimenez, who at the time was working with a different law enforcement agency, used his position of authority to intimidate the 13-year-old daughter of a woman he was dating into sex. Jimenez was working for the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office at the time he was charged, and was subsequently fired.

In court Wednesday, prosecutors agreed to not prosecute either charge. In addition, defense attorneys said prosecutors agreed not to oppose the erasing of the charges from the defendant’s record, provided Jiminez not serve in law enforcement in the future.

“That is a very important concession and is the most important thing that we needed to accomplish for public safety and public trust,” said Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Baskervill.

8News spoke with Jimenez over the phone Thursday afternoon. Jimenez not only maintains his innocence, but said his defense team was ready to go to trial with evidence of his innocence.

“I wanted to prove to the world that I didn’t do it,” said Jimenez. “No one should ever have to go through what I’ve gone through. My name has been dragged through the mud.”

The defense team said the accusations against Jiminez stemmed from on on-going domestic dispute between the alleged victim’s parents, and that there were several people in the room during alleged assault, and all were prepared to testify the allegations were false.

Jimenez was originally scheduled to stand trial in the case starting today.

Baskervill said there were many factors that went into the decision to not prosecute, including the impact of a trial on the alleged victim, especially given a case with no physical evidence.

“The scrutiny and cross-examination of the victim and her family would have been quite aggressive and publicly humiliating,” Baskervill said, especially since Jimenez adamantly denies the allegations.

Still, Baskervill called the removal of the defendant from serving in law enforcement  a victorious and important outcome.

“In the strongest way I commend and admire the victim for coming forward in this case and for supporting and wanting prosecution,” Baskervill said. “Her bravery and strength should inspire all of us.  Her courage brought this to light and allowed us to take action and achieve results.”

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