Two Deputies Arrested: Aggravated Assault and Official Oppression

Deputy Jose Quintanilla, with the Harris County Sheriff's Office, was arrested for aggravated assault and family violence
Jose Quintanilla

Deputy Arrested for Aggravated Assault

(TX) – Deputy, Jose Quintanilla, with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office has been arrested on felony charges. “On Wednesday, authorities were called to a hospital emergency room where a woman was being treated for multiple injuries.” 

The woman claimed that she had been choked and assaulted by Quintanilla which started an internal affairs investigation and a criminal investigation. They discovered that there was a pattern of domestic violence. Quintanilla had even assaulted her earlier that same day.

The most recent assault occurred after “Quintanilla found an email from a male friend of hers about a women’s shelter.” Quintanilla attacked the woman, beating her with a belt and a hangar in front of their 3-year old daughter while the child begged “don’t hurt mommy.”

Felony Charges Filed

39-year old Jose A. Quintanilla has been with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office since 2016. At the time of his arrest, he had been assigned to the K9 Unit. Quintanilla was charged with “continuous violence against a family member and aggravated assault impeding breathing.” He was booked into the Harris County Jail but was able to post bond. The judge ordered him to stay away from his family.

Deputy Jaime Soto, with the Bexar County Sheriff's Office was arrested for assaulting an inmate
Jaime Soto

Deputy Arrested for Assaulting an Inmate

(TX) – Deputy Jaime Soto, previously with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office was arrested on Monday. “A supervisor was reviewing camera footage in December 2020 and saw that 42-year-old Jaime Soto had used inappropriate use of force on an inmate.” 

The supervisor reviewing the video observed Soto assaulting the inmate and knocking him to the ground. The supervisor did not observe any justification for the assault and initiated the investigations. Soto resigned a few days after he received his letter of proposed dismissal.

Charges Filed Against Deputy

Jaime Soto had been with the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office for 14 years. He was arrested on a charge of official oppression and booked into the Bexar County Jail. Official oppression is a Class A Misdemeanor. It’s a higher level charge than assault (a Class B Misdemeanor), which is why they went with official oppression. No information has been given on his bond or whether he is still in jail.

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