This morning, a Bexar County Grand Jury indicted a Bexar County Detention Officer for an alleged attack on an inmate.
Eduardo Sanchez is charged with aggravated assault by a public servant causing serious bodily injury and official oppression. Both charges stem from a May 18, 2020, incident in the Bexar County Jail. The indictment alleges that Sanchez intentionally, knowingly and recklessly caused serious bodily injury to Hector Lopez by striking Lopez with his hand and that Sanchez did so as a public servant acting under the color of his employment. Aggravated assault by a public servant causing serious bodily injury is a first degree felony punishable by 5 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000. Official oppression is a Class A misdemeanor punishable by up to one year in jail and a possible fine of up to $4,000.
“This case was brought to our office by the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office. After a thorough review, we presented it to a Grand Jury which resulted in these indictments,” said Bexar County District Attorney Joe Gonzales.
Both cases are being prosecuted by the Civil Rights Division. An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these cases are pending, we can make no further comment on them.
Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.