ALAMO, Texas – The attorney of a former Alamo Police sergeant arrested last year is speaking out after case against the former officer was dismissed by the district attorney’s office. Local 23 News spoke directly to Attorney Jesus Villalobos to discuss the latest developments against his client, former Alamo Police Sgt. Rodney Guerra.
Jesus Villalobos, attorney, “Everyone was there when that chief of police made it a point to get everyone from the public to go there, so he could parade him around and have him arrested. Well I’m very thankful that you’re here today to show the public that those same charges have been dropped because there was no basis for them.”
After an internal investigation by the Alamo Police Department in October 2018, a 23-year veteran Rodney Guerra was arrested and charged with theft by a public servant accused of taking eye-glasses from an evidence room. He was then later arrested a second time for tampering with evidence.
“The district attorney’s office reviewed them and determined that there is insufficient evidence to believe that a crime was committed and therefore they have elected not to prosecute or proceed with them any longer. What that means is essentially that they are dead.”
Villalobos says the allegations against his client have tarnished his credibility as a police officer.
“In essence what has happened is that this gentleman’s career, after 20 years that he gave to the Alamo public, his career was destroyed by one man who had no reason to bring these type allegations against him.”
Villalobos declined to speculate as to why he believes these charges were brought against his client but adds he and Mr. Guerra will be filing a lawsuit against the city for wrongful termination, abuse of power, and slander.
“As you can imagine he has essentially been out of work for seven months. His reputation has been destroyed. His good name has been trampled for no good reason and so we are going to be seeking damages for that.”
Villalobos says he plans to file that lawsuit early next week. Local 23 News reached out to Alamo Police Chief Baudelio Castillo and the district attorney’s office but have not heard back from either one.