Former Dinwiddie deputy charged with sexually abusing a child

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DINWIDDIE COUNTY, Va. -- A former Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office deputy was arrested and charged with sexually abusing a child under the age of 15.

Hector David Jimenez, 46, was indicted by a grand jury Tuesday on charges of aggravated sexual battery and indecent liberties with a minor.

Jimenez was arrested around 11 a.m. Wednesday and fired from the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office.

Jimenez proposed sexual intercourse and other acts with a minor between the ages of 13-15, according to court documents. The alleged incidents occurred between the days of June 1, 2015 through September 30, 2015.

Hector David Jimenez

Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney Anne Baskerville said Jimenez’s role as a law enforcement officer comprises the element of “force, threat, or intimidation” required for aggravated sexual battery – as intimidation.

Jimenez was not with the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office at the time of the offenses, but he did work in law enforcement, according Baskerville.

The 46-year-old was employed by the Dinwiddie County Sheriff’s Office from 2016 until Wednesday, April 19, 2017.

“I don’t usually try to publicize indictments, but in this case, I wanted to be proactive, since I think the public should know that we take corruption and malfeasance very seriously and take our prosecutorial responsibilities very seriously regardless of who a perpetrator is or how he is employed,” said  Baskerville in a statement.

Jimenez is being held without bond at the Meherrin River Regional Jail.

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