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County detention officer resigns amid investigation into actions with inmates

February 22, 2019

A Bexar County Sheriff’s Office detention officer, under investigation for his alleged actions with inmates, resigned earlier this week.

John Varela, who could still face charges in the case, was given a general discharge Tuesday, the sheriff’s office confirmed Thursday. Varela dated a letter of resignation Monday, but that day was a county holiday, officials said.

Varela was under an administrative investigation for actions he took with inmates, which carries possible termination, according to a statement from the sheriff’s office.

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The general discharge was given in lieu of an honorable discharge because of the circumstances regarding his resignation, deputies said.

“Former employees of BCSO will not escape accountability for their actions simply by resigning from employment,” Sheriff Javier Salazar said in a statement Thursday.

“Where appropriate, we will pursue criminal charges when probable cause exists for an offense,” Salazar said.

A criminal case is still being pursued against Varela, authorities said.