Warrant: CPS Agent Paid Teen For Sex
CEDAR HILL (CBSDFW.COM) – With a neighbor jailed facing charges of sexually assaulting a child, Cedar Hill parents say they aren’t just curious — they are deeply concerned.
“I want to know what’s going on,” says Kandi Carter, a mother of three girls. Carter’s home is just down the street from 34-year-old Nicholas Santos, the Child Protective Services agent arrested over the weekend for sexual assault of a child.
“What happened? What was he charged for?” Carter asked.
Police took Santos into custody at his home and confiscated several computers. But a department spokesperson today declined to release any details of the evidence that led to the arrest.
CPS investigator Nicholas Santos was arrested and charged with sexual assault of a child. (Photo credit Dallas County Sheriff’s Office)
“The kids catch the bus there, elementary kids that are there in the dark that are catching that bus,” says Rita Stewart. “I think we all should know what’s going on.”
Santos declined a request for an interview and calls to his attorney were not returned.
CBS 11 did, however, obtain the arrest warrant affidavit, which states that the alleged offense occurred on Sunday, January 1 and was reported last week.
The victim’s name on the affidavit has been redacted; but, sources tell CBS 11 that the complaint involves an older teenager.
However, that is of no comfort to these moms.
“Doesn’t matter to me, “ says Stewart. “You have adult here—raising her hand to indicate height—and then you have a kid. No, there’s no difference.”
The affidavit says Santos met the child online at a website called Backpage.com and then paid her for sex. Read the full, redacted affidavit here, which shows officers had the victim’s cooperation during the arrest.
The CPS agent has been charged with sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony. He has been a CPS investigator since 2006, but has since been suspended pending the outcome of an internal investigation.
An agency spokesperson said Wednesday that they do not have to wait for the case to come to trial to take action. According a statement released about the case, “If we determine that the criminal charges are true, he will be fired immediately. There is no place in Child Protective Services for employees who betray the public’s trust…”
Meanwhile, parents in Santos’ Cedar Hill neighborhood say they don’t like being left to wonder or worry about whether their children have been living next door to a predator.
“This is my neighborhood,” says Stewart. “This is what I work hard for, and I want a safe neighborhood.”
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