By Michael Campbell, News Editor
DINWIDDIE – A former Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office deputy is behind bars following his arrest on charges of taking indecent liberties with a child and aggravated sexual battery.
A Dinwiddie grand jury indicted 46-year-old North Dinwiddie resident Hector David Jimenez Tuesday, alleging that the man “unlawfully and feloniously sexually abused … a child at least thirteen years old but less than fifteen years old against her will by force, threat, or intimidation” and “unlawfully, feloniously, knowingly and intentionally with lascivious intent, propose that … a child under the age of fifteen years … the performance” of sexual acts between June and September of 2015.
In a statement from Virginia State Police, Sgt. Stephan Vick said Jimenez’s arrest Wednesday morning stemmed from an investigation that was initiated last month by the department’s Bureau of Criminal Investigation office out of Richmond.
According to Dinwiddie Commonwealth’s Attorney Ann Cabell Baskervill, Jimenez was terminated from his position with the Dinwiddie Sheriff’s Office Wednesday, where he worked since 2016.
At the time of the alleged offenses in 2015, she said Jimenez worked in law enforcement at both the Richmond and Petersburg Sheriff’s Office. For the prosecutor, his position with law enforcement is “part of the evidence that would comprise the element of ‘force, threat, or intimidation’ required for aggravated sexual battery – as intimidation.”
“Everyone is equal under the law,” Baskervill said. “The very concept of the rule of law means that the law applies to everyone, including law enforcers, lawmakers, everyone. Seeking justice, including by respecting the rule of law, is the highest priority and obligation of every prosecutor.”
Speaking candidly, the commonwealth’s attorney said she hopes as the public learns of the indictments levied against the former county deputy, it will affirm to the community that they “can and should trust and have confidence in the systems they rely upon for protection, public safety, and justice.”
“Unfortunately, as here, we cannot always prevent tragedy and wrongdoing,” she remarked. “But we can, and we do, and we will, work and fight for what is right and justice will prevail.”
Baskervill also spoke to the bravery of the teenage victim, thanking her for coming forward and allowing her office the opportunity to “earn and honor her trust, and the public’s trust, and our obligations to seek justice and promote public safety.”
“I hope and pray that others will follow her example so we can continue to pursue justice, to seek justice against wrongdoing, against any perpetrator,” she said.
Virginia State Police and officials with the Meherrin River Regional Jail confirm that Jimenez was denied bond and will remain behind bars until his next court appearance, with Baskervill saying that Jimenez will be arraigned by video Thursday by a General District Court judge where he will be asked if he wants a court-appointed lawyer and given the date for his next hearing.
As the accused sits behind bars, Baskervill and her office prepare to move forward with the case.
“I hope this news comforts and affirms to the community, the entire Dinwiddie community and beyond, that its authorities and representatives are, above all, committed to seeking justice and fulfilling our responsibilities and obligations so as to affirm the community’s confidence and trust in us,” the prosecutor said.
Stay with The Dinwiddie Monitor for the latest developments on this story.