ARCOLA (Covering Katy News) - Arcola Police Officer Hector Aaron Ruiz was arrested for the offenses of sexual assault and official oppression in November. Now another woman has come forward to say she too was assaulted by Ruiz.
Arcola is located in east Fort Bend County.
The original charge stems from a complaint made by a woman who alleged that Ruiz stopped her vehicle earlier and coerced her to engage in a sexual act while he was on duty.
On December 4, 2019, two additional arrest warrants for sexual assault and official oppression were issued for Officer Ruiz. A second victim revealed that she was given a ride home by Ruiz after her boyfriend was arrested for Driving While Intoxicated this past August. Ruiz was on duty and providing Spanish translations for the woman and her boyfriend. When they arrived at her residence, he allegedly forced her to engage in a sexual act.
"Authorities continue to investigate the activities of Ruiz and suspect that there may be other victims who have yet to come forward," said a statement from the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office. "A person’s immigration status is not relevant when it comes to reporting a crime and anyone with information concerning Officer Ruiz or other victims is encouraged to contact Fort Bend County District Attorney Investigator Dustin Claborn at 281-341-4460," the statement also said.
Sexual Assault is a second-degree felony with a punishment range of 2-20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Official Oppression is a Class A Misdemeanor with a punishment range of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
“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.”
The Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office worked closely with the Texas Rangers, the Brazoria County District Attorney’s Office, the Arcola Police Department, and the Manvel Police Department to complete the initial investigation.
Sexual Assault is a second-degree felony with a punishment range of 2 to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Official oppression is a Class A Misdemeanor with a punishment range of up to a year in jail and a $4,000 fine.