Florida Deputy Warns Perv Buddy to Flee Before Sexual Abuse Warrant Issued
Former Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy Arturo Dominguez, 31, was fired from his position and taken into custody this week for allegedly using his access to information as a law enforcement officer to help his “lifelong friend,” 36-year-old Omar Ayala, a high school teacher accused of having a sexual relationship with a minor evade Deputies and flee the area before he could be arrested.
Now Dominguez is in jail, and his friend, Omar Ayala, is on the run with a felony warrant for his arrest.
According to Osceola County Sheriff Marco Lopez, the sheriff’s office received a complaint on April 20 regarding Deputy Dominguez.
The complaint came from a detective with the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office who applied for an arrest warrant on Ayala, who is accused of engaging in unlawful sexual activity with a minor.
The mother of the minor victim had reported finding “disturbing text messages and pictures” of a sexual nature being exchanged between her daughter and Ayala, the victim’s cross-country coach.
Upon further investigation, authorities said they found Ayala and the victim had sent each other “explicit images and videos” of each other.
The Okeechobee detective noticed that Dominguez had recently used a law enforcement database, repeatedly running Ayala’s name “through the system,” Lopez said during a Thursday press conference.
The detective contacted Dominguez and inquired why he had frequently checked Ayala’s name. Dominguez responded that he had only run Ayala’s name because he had recently pulled him over on a traffic stop, the sheriff said.
Florida deputy arrested after telling friend accused of having sex with minor to 'flee', Osceola sheriff says https://t.co/pm6h6NZXFU
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NEW: @OsceolaSheriff Marcos López announced the arrest of Deputy Arturo Domínguez for using an agency database to help a childhood friend, Okeechobee HS coach Omar Ayala, evade arrest for sexually abusing a student.
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But authorities say that there was never any traffic stop.
“What Dominguez told [the detective] was just a flat-out lie. There was no traffic stop,” Lopez said. “What we discovered through the investigation is that Deputy Dominquez is a lifelong childhood friend of [Ayala]. He was running Ayala’s name to see if he had a warrant in the system.”
Lopez said Dominguez wanted to give his friend “a heads-up” so Ayala would know the police were looking for him.
“He told a suspect in a sex case involving a minor to flee. That’s pretty disgusting. That’s pretty sick,” Lopez said. “Because of Dominguez’s actions, Ayala’s whereabouts are currently unknown.”
During his several years as a deputy, Lopez noted that Dominguez had no previous disciplinary background, saying there was no indication that he would use his access to confidential information nefariously.
“Right now, we’re providing whatever resources they need to help affect his arrest,” he said. “We have no reason to believe he’s here. The other thing is also since the guy’s absconded, they believe he’s out of state, but that’s not 100%. It’s been turned over to the Marshals because of the felonies, so the Marshals are now going to adapt their case and help look for him also.”
Dominguez was charged with one count each of accessory after the fact to unlawful sexual activity with a minor, unauthorized access to computers and devices, official misconduct by obstructing an investigation, and disclosure or use of confidential criminal justice information.
All charges are felonies.
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