ARCOLA, Texas – An officer with the Arcola Police Department has been arrested and charged with sexual assault and official oppression, stemming from an incident on Nov. 16. Officials believe there’s a “strong possibility” that this was not his first offense and believe there might be other victims.
Police said Officer Hector Aaron Ruiz was charged after they received a complaint from a 23-year-old woman who said he pulled her over and “coerced her into a sexual act.”
The alleged sexual assault started in Brazoria County and ended in Fort Bend County, officials said in a press conference Thursday morning. The woman approached the Manvel Police Department to make a complaint within 24 hours of the alleged assault, officials said.
The Texas Rangers are the lead agency investigating the alleged crime and other potential victims’ cases, and they are being assisted by the Arcola Police Department, The Manvel Police Department, the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office and the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office.
“The utter violation of public trust that these allegations represent is heinous and disgraceful,” said District Attorney Brian Middleton. “My office will prosecute these criminal offenses to the fullest extent possible under the law.”
Officials are urging people with information or potential victims to come forward and speak with authorities.
“I have to commend this particular victim,” Terese Buess with the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office said in the press conference. “It took a lot of courage to come forward.”