HCSO: Deputy charged with sex crime against child

March 2, 2012 4:07:41 PM PST
A deputy finds himself on the other side of the law, charged with sexual abuse of a child, according to the Harris County Sheriff's Office.

Harris County Sheriff's Deputy Eleazar Gongora was arrested Friday afternoon by the sheriff's office, along with the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force, and then booked into the Harris County Jail. According to the sheriff's office, his victim is a girl well known to Gongora.

"Regardless of whether the illegal behavior of a deputy takes place at work or outside of work, justice will catch up with him/her," Sheriff Adrian Garcia said in a press release. "My employees are expected to obey the law in their private life as well as in their public life. We at the Sheriff's Office see no boundary between them when it comes to protecting the community."

Gongora, assigned to the Mental Health Unit in the jail, joined the sheriff's office in March 2000. His employment status is now under review.