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Second victim comes forward against Houston-area cop charged with sexual assault
Arcola, Texas
   
 
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Accuser said the cop forced her to perform sex act after police arrested her boyfriend

By Michelle Iracheta
Houston Chronicle


Ruiz is a police officer with Arcola PD. He was charged with sexual assault after he allegedly forced a woman to perform a sex act during a traffic stop.

A woman is accusing a 24-year-old Arcola Police Department officer of forcing her to perform a sex act when the cop was driving her home after police arrested her boyfriend, according to Fort Bend County prosecutors.

It's the second time in two weeks that a woman has come forward accusing Hector Aaron Ruiz, who has been with Arcola PD for just over one year, of sexually assaulting her while the officer was on duty.

Prosecutors said that in August Ruiz gave the woman a ride home after officers arrested the woman's boyfriend for allegedly driving while intoxicated. Ruiz was on duty providing Spanish translations to the woman and her boyfriend. When the woman and Ruiz arrived at the woman's home, he allegedly forced her to engage in a sexual act, prosecutors said.

Ruiz was arrested Wednesday on two additional warrants for sexual assault and official oppression, prosecutors said. Two weeks ago, on Wednesday, Nov. 20, Ruiz was arrested and charged with second-degree felony sexual assault after he allegedly forced a woman to follow him in her car to a desolate location in Fort Bend County and coerced her into a sexual act, prosecutors said. Official oppression occurs when a public servant abuses their official capacity, according to Texas law.

Ruiz is being held at the Fort Bend County Jail "under authority of the arrest warrants" and on a $150,000 bond, prosecutors said. He has not yet been charged in the second case.

Authorities believe that other victims exist and are asking them to come forward.

A person’s immigration status is not relevant when it comes to reporting a crime, according to a statement from the Fort Bend County District Attorney's Office.

Anyone with information concerning Officer Ruiz or other victims is encouraged to contact Fort Bend County District Attorney Investigator Dustin Claborn at 281-341-4460.

Sexual assault is punishable by up to 20 years in prison and a $10,000 fine. Official oppression is a Class A misdemeanor and carries a sentence of up to one year in jail and a $4,000 fine.
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