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Grand jury indicts former San Antonio jailer accused of allowing access to inmates for fighting

March 29, 2019

A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office jailer fired in 2017 was indicted Thursday, accused of allowing access to an inmate to be beaten by other inmates.

Former Detention Officer Raul Maciel Gonzales, 31, was indicted on four counts: official oppression, violation of civil rights, aggravated assault, and engaging in organized crime, according to the District Attorney’s office.

Sheriff Javier Salazar said he and other deputies placed Gonzales in custody on a warrant for official oppression at 7:17 p.m. Thursday.

The alleged incidents occurred in April 2017, when Raul Gonzales “used his position, power, and authority as a Bexar County Sheriff Detention Officer to subject an inmate to assault by other inmates housed in the same unit,” District Attorney Joe Gonzales said.

The inmate assaulted was taken to University Hospital for treatment, officials said.

“I remain committed to holding Public Servants accountable when they decide to abuse their power,” Salazar said in a statement released after the arrest.

Raul Gonzales was terminated from the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office after an investigation was conducted into the assault, the DA said.

“I am proud to have a strong working relationship with the Bexar County District Attorney’s Office,” Salazar said. “I applaud the work of the District Attorney’s Office in this matter.”

Neither the District Attorney’s Office nor the Sheriff’s Office identified the inmate who was injured in the April incident.

A federal civil rights lawsuit filed on March 18 by former inmate Rodolfo Carrazco alleges that he was forced to fight by jail guards in April 2017 when he was in the county jail and that jailers bet on the outcome of the fights. The lawsuit did not identify the jail guards.

Carrazco, who is now serving time in state prison on a burglary charge, was beaten so badly in April 2017 that he suffered a broken jaw and lost the gold “grille” in his teeth, according to the lawsuit.

Staff Writer Guillermo Contreras contributed to this report. | jbeltran@express-news.net