Alton Police Chief Arraigned
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 Trevio.
Sheriff Trevio 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 Trevio 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 Trevio.
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.
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