A criminal complaint is expected to be filed in Madera County against a San Joaquin County sheriff’s deputy.
Deputy Gerardo Flores’ wife has already been charged with the murder and torture in the death of their 12-year-old adopted daughter. Flores, who has been with the sheriff’s office for 11 years, has been placed on administrative leave, and could face additional administrative action if he is charged with a criminal offense.
“We have not been officially notified of any charges from the Madera district attorney. If we are notified that charges will be filed, it will be handled appropriately. At that point it would become a personnel issue and I would not be able to discuss details, but we hold our deputy sheriffs to the highest standards.” said Deputy Les Garcia, a spokesman for the sheriff’s office.
The Madera County District Attorney’s Office said that Flores is under an ongoing investigation and a criminal complaint will be filed in the near future. A spokesman for the District Attorney’s Office, John Bell, did not say what Flores will be charged with, but they may include failure to report child abuse, he said. The California Child Abuse Neglecting Reporting Law states that police officers and foster parents are required to report cases of suspected child abuse.
“I think he’s going to have a new residence within the next two weeks, local here in Madera County.” said David Linn, Madera County District Attorney.
Deputy Flores’ wife, 42-year-old Amy Chavoya, is charged with murder, torture, and willful cruelty to a child.
Prosecutors allege Chavoya caused extreme pain and suffering to her adopted daughter and the girl’s 14-year-old brother, Christopher. The girl died from the abuse in October 2014.
Prosecutors said they still have not decided if they will pursue the death penalty.