Monday, August 15, 2011
In June 2010, a Bastrop County grand jury issued four indictments charging Chavez with four felony violations and a Class A misdemeanor, official oppression. The charges stemmed from Chavez’s work as a state police officer with the TABC, where he investigated licensed alcohol retailers that were believed to be selling alcoholic beverages to minors.
According to state prosecutors, Chavez sexually assaulted a 16-year-old female after she assisted him with an undercover sting operation in 2009. That assault led to Chavez’s guilty pleas for both second-degree felony sexual assault and official oppression. Before the evening of the assault, the defendant sent the minor victim a text message containing a sexually explicit image of himself, which prompted his guilty plea on the online solicitation of a minor charge.
The case was referred to the Office of the Attorney General by the Bastrop County District Attorney’s Office, which recused itself from the Chavez prosecution. A criminal investigation into Chavez’s illicit conduct was conducted by the Texas Rangers and the Bastrop County Sheriff’s Department. Throughout the case, the TABC fully cooperated with the State’s investigation and prosecution of Chavez.
Sexual assault of a child is a second-degree felony punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and two to 20 years in prison for each count. Online solicitation of a minor is a third-degree felony punishable by up to a $10,000 fine and two to 10 years in prison. Official oppression is a Class A misdemeanor.