SAN ANTONIO, TX – Months after Bexar County Sheriff’s Deputy John Paul Garza was accused of kicking a woman in the face, he has officially been fired by the agency.
Back in December, Garza was arrested after he knocked the woman to the ground and kicked her in the face. The former deputy then allegedly forced the woman to take off her clothes to clean up the blood evidence.
The victim told police this was the second time in one year the suspect had assaulted her, the first occurred in February. At that time he was placed on administrative leave as the department concluded the investigation.
According to Bexar County Sheriff's Office, Garza was in the process of being terminated when the second assault occurred.
During the December incident, Garza violated a protective order of protection against the victim.
“This assault the second time around was a lot more violent than the first,” Bexar County Sheriff Javier Salazar said after Garza’s second arrest.
The sheriff's office stated Garza did not perform any duties since he was first arrested back in February and was placed on unpaid administrative leave until his termination.
Salazar also confirmed the former deputy had a history of disciplinary issues, including reports of assaulting an inmate and lying on a polygraph about the incident back in 2013.
As a result, Garza was suspended for 10 days and allowed to stay with the agency.