San Antonio, Texas, March 3, 2017: This afternoon, a Bexar County jury in the 187th District Court convicted two former San Antonio Police Department officers on more than a dozen counts each for the charges of Sexual Assault, Compelling Prostitution, and Official Oppression.
In June 2015, Live Oak police officers responded to a call from a woman who said she had been sexually assaulted by a purported law enforcement officer. The victim told police she met the officer after she was referred to him by an SAPD officer who was a friend of hers. The officer she was referred to told her that she could earn up to $5,000 a day if she qualified for this undercover operation. The officer provided her a phone number and told her to send a text expressing her interest in the program. She did, and eventually was persuaded to meet with an alleged agent and complete certain “levels” to qualify for the job.
In their efforts to identify the perpetrator, investigators with Live Oak Police Department and the Texas Rangers discovered close to 25 other women were being told this same false story of a job opportunity working as an undercover operative with law enforcement. By tracking the phone records and speaking to witnesses, authorities were able to identify Emmanuel Galindo and Alejandro Chapa, both former patrol officers with the San Antonio Police Department, as the persons who were recruiting women for this purpose. Each was identified as making false representations in order to persuade these women to have sex with them. During questioning, the pair denied any involvement in the criminal enterprise. The victims told authorities they were in desperate need of the money and believed the operation was in fact real. Galindo and Chapa resigned from SAPD following their arrests in September 2015.
“We passionately support our law enforcement community but when men and women abuse their authority, we will hold them accountable,” said District Attorney Nico LaHood. “These convictions are not a reflection on the entire law enforcement community, but the individuals convicted are examples of those who dishonor the badge.”
Galindo was convicted of the following charges: 5 counts of Sexual Assault, 5 counts of Compelling Prostitution, and 11 counts of Official Oppression. Chapa was convicted of the following charges: 3 counts of Sexual Assault, 4 counts of Compelling Prostitution, and 8 counts of Official Oppression. Sexual Assault and Compelling Prostitution are both 2nd degree felonies, punishable by 2-20 years and up to a $10,000.00 fine. Official Oppression is a Class A misdemeanor offense, punishable by up to one year in jail, and up to a $4,000.00 fine. Assistant District Attorneys David Lunan and Ryan Wright prosecuted the cases against Galindo and Chapa out of the 187th District Court. The punishment phase will resume Monday at 8:15 a.m. in the 187th District Court.