BCSO Deputy indicted for official oppression

Court documents confirm a grand jury indicted Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Cynthia Benavidez last Tuesday.

SAN ANTONIO - A Bexar County Sheriff's deputy finds herself on the other side of the law.

Court documents confirm a grand jury indicted Bexar County Sheriff's Deputy Cynthia Benavidez last Tuesday.

Benavidez is charged with official oppression, violation of civil rights, and assault by a public servant.

She is accused of assaulting an inmate, Ryan Barboza, 38.

Barboza was an inmate in Benavidez's custody back in April of 2015.

According to the indictment, Benavidez pulled Barboza's leg, causing him to fall and become injured.

Sources tell KENS 5 Barboza was shackled when he fell to the floor.

Barboza is now in a Gatesville prison on a burglary conviction.

Benavidez is still employed at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office, where's she assigned to Court Security.

She turned herself in at a satellite booking center at the Bexar County Courthouse last Tuesday and posted bond.

The Bexar County Sheriff's Office said Benavidez is now on administrative leave without pay while an internal investigation takes place.

If convicted, Benavidez could face up to a year in jail for each charge.

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