Socorro city representative continues claims against Sheriff's Office

Socorro city representative continues claims against Sheriff's Office

POSTED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 9:19am

UPDATED: Tuesday, March 19, 2013 - 4:32pm

Jesse Gandara, Jr. turned himself into Deputies Monday

Moments after Socorro city Representative Jesse Gandara, Jr. bonded himself out of jail, he continued his claim's that the El Paso County Sheriff's Office is slandering him.

"Being from Socorro, we stand up against these people that have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars for the past two-and-a-half years investigating me. Harassing us," Jesse Gandara, Jr. stated in front of a reporters Monday night.

A little more than a month before his arrest, Gandara held a press conference in Socorro claiming Sheriff's were using some of their deputies as personal body guards for drug dealers. Gandara continues his charge against the El Paso County Sheriff's Office amidst federal theft charges. He maintains his innocence and stated further, "This is not about winning in court. They know, Sheriff Wiles knows he cannot win in court because there is nothing there," he said.

The charges stem from allegations made on behalf of City Representative Maria Reyes. Reyes filed a complaint with deputies stating Gandara and other city employees may have filed false claims for travel expenses.

Gandara's bond was set at $10,000. He told reporters he will be speaking again at Thursday's City Council meeting.

The Sheriff's Office issued this statement, Tuesday morning:

"There is no further information disclosed at this time other than the arrest and charge."

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