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Three SAPD Officers Charged In Connection to Sexual Assualt

Joey Palacios
Texas Public Radio
Photos of the three officers provided by SAPD

Three SAPD officers are facing charges of varying charges of sexual assault, compelling prostitution, and official oppression following an investigation in conjunction with the Live Oak police department. The three officers are Aaron Alford, Alejandro Chapa, and Emmanuel Galindo. It’s unclear which officer was the first to act.

“The details of the case revealed that the suspect had induced the victim into the offense by purporting to an undercover law enforcement officer,” Interim SAPD Chief Anthony Trevino said. “SAPD became involved when it was discovered that the suspect was an in fact SAPD personnel. Live Oak [police department], the Texas Rangers, and SAPD intelligence began a joint investigation and learned the original sexual suspect was an SAPD officer.”

There are four female victims involved and victim services are being offered.

At least one or more of the officers said they were undercover police which lead to sexual encounters. The first sexual assault is alleged to have happened on or around June 16th of this year. Live Oak Police Chief Ken Evans said the women involved had no intention to commit prostitution.

“These individuals were duped into thinking that they were going to work as a confidential informant, if you will, for some police entity and as part of that were going to receive some compensation for doing so,’ Evans said. “It just so happens that the elements of that offense fit that the best. But it is important for these victims that everybody understand that they were not in any way shape or form having it in their mind that they were going to perform any kind of prostitution.”

The investigation began shortly after when one of the victims came forward this summer. At the time, the suspected officers were placed on administrative duty. After being arrested today, they are now on administrative leave without pay pending suspension.