Saturday, November 21, 2009

TX: School cop pleads no contest to abuse

Express News

Web Posted: 11/17/2009 11:34 CST

A former Edgewood Independent School District police officer agreed Tuesday to surrender his badge after pleading no contest to molesting a teen.

In addition, Jose Manuel Sanchez, 59, faces up to eight years in prison next month when state District Judge Juanita Vasquez-Gardner is scheduled to sentence him on the sexual assault charge. As part of the plea agreement, prosecutors have agreed not to contest how much prison time Sanchez should face.

Sanchez’s accuser, now 20, reported the abuse to San Antonio officers in 2007, saying Sanchez fondled her from the time she was 11 to 16 years old. The incidents were not related to his job with the school district, authorities said. Sanchez was suspended from the district that same year.

The victim approved of Tuesday’s plea bargain because it would save her the pain of having to revisit the memories on the witness stand, said Adriana Biggs, chief of the district attorney’s white-collar crimes division.

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