Alton Police Chief Arraigned
Aug 30, 2007 08:58 PM PDT
Jose Luis Vela has served as Alton's police chief for several years, removing criminals off the streets.
But on Thursday he was the one placed under arrest, charged with having sex with two of his male employees.
Following his arraignment on two charges of sexual assault, the Alton chief didn't have anything to say to Action 4 News or to his accusers.
And while he may claim he doesn't know who his accusers are, two men who are being called "Eloy" and "Frank," tell a different story.
They claim they got to know Chief Vela a little more than they wanted.
Both say they passed out while attending parties at Chief Vela's home and both accuse Vela of engaging in un-welcomed sexual activity.
Sheriff investigators made the arrest following a two week long investigation.
"This is the first time that I have heard of a chief of police being arrested for sexually assaulting his employees," said Hidalgo County Sheriff Lupe Treviño.
Sheriff Treviño even appeared to be taken back by the accusations.
"I don't know that I have a reaction to that. It's so strange and bizarre and just so out of the loop."
Sheriff Treviño says they arrested Vela at Mission City Hall, then searched his home and office for evidence that would corroborate witness statements.
"We were told that liquor, beer, drug paraphernalia had been taken from the property room to be used in these parties," says Treviño.
The sheriff says this investigation is not over.
"One of the things we're going to do following this arrest and we'll do this starting tomorrow as a matter of fact, we're going to interview every employee of the Alton police department plus the firemen who are housed next door."
Through those interviews the sheriff says he wants to see if there are any other victims and wants to know if anyone else has information relevant to this investigation.
Vela's bond was set at 100 thousand dollars for each count of sexual assault. Following his arraignment he was placed in solitary confinement because of the nature of the complaints and because he is a law enforcement officials.
The city of Alton has been plagued with problems. Back in August 2006, the former city manager was convicted on extortion and bribery charges. 58 year old Israel Sagredo was found guilty of accepting a 10-thousand dollar bribe from an undercover agent.
There should be studies done in regard to the sick minds of police.
Were they born this way,made so by their positions or had mental deficiancies long before and their positions gave them the opportunity to act them out.
Here in Camden,New Jersey where I reside,the force is rife with all sorts of perverts.
And the worst part is that they are enabled by the hierarchy of the force.
But this is true of all police across this country.