BEXAR COUNTY -- A veteran Bexar County Sheriff's Office deputy was given a 30-day suspension this summer after an internal investigation revealed he agreed to on-duty sexual conduct with a possible DWI suspect.
Deputy Michael Rodriguez responded to a single-vehicle crash along U.S. 281 near Guest Road around 10 a.m. March 6.
A witness said a suburban drove through a fence line and the driver appeared to be intoxicated.
However, the subsequent crash report turned in by Dep. Rodriguez made no mention of possible intoxicants and instead blamed the wreck on the driver suffering from diabetic complications.
An internal investigation determined Rodriguez failed to conduct a field sobriety test on the driver, failed to get a statement from a man who witnessed the crash, failed to properly inventory items removed from the wrecked vehicle and failed to document its damage.
Instead, Rodriguez gave the driver, who had two previous DWIs and was on probation for a drunk driving related offense, a 15-mile "courtesy ride" to an apartment complex on Southcross Blvd.
During the ride, Rodriguez and the driver discussed having a "threesome" and picking up women on the side of the road to have sex with, according to suspension paperwork.
The driver later told investigators Rodriguez requested "sexual favors".
"What this deputy is accused of doing, that's not the norm at the Bexar County Sheriff's Office," spokesman James Keith said Monday.
"We held an investigation, we felt wrong was done and now we're holding him accountable," added Keith, who said a collective bargaining agreement prevents BCSO from terminating Rodriguez.
While being questioned by investigators, Rodriguez indicated the driver reached for the deputy's groin.
The driver, however, told investigators it was Rodriguez who was making unwanted sexual advances.
A San Antonio Police Department incident report obtained by the KENS 5 I-Team indicates the driver called 911 to report that the deputy refused to leave the driver's apartment complex.
GPS logs later revealed the deputy's patrol vehicle remained at the apartment, at times driving slowly, after the deputy and driver had gone their separate ways.
SAPD instructed the driver to report Rodriguez to BCSO.
Keith said the driver, after making an initial complaint, is no longer cooperating, making it difficult to move forward with the criminal investigation of Rodriguez.
Rodriguez, through the Deputy Sheriff's Association of Bexar County, declined to comment Monday.
County records indicate he appealed his suspension in mid-June.