Former Big Spring police detective indicted on additional sex crimes

Former Big Spring police detective indicted on additional sex crimes
Joel Rojo (Source: Big Spring Police Department)

HOWARD COUNTY, TX (KWES) - Former Big Spring police detective Joel Rojo was indicted Thursday for attempt to commit indecency with a child and indecency with a child sexual contact.

Howard County District Attorney, Hardy Wilkerson said an additional juvenile came forward after Rojo was indicted on several sexual crimes against children back in April.

The indictment said Rojo touched the genitals of the minor for his own sexual gratification.

One of the original charges was upgraded to attempt to commit indecency with a child. Court documents said Rojo attempted to photograph the private area of another minor.

Howard County jail logs show Rojo was arrested Thursday and bonded out the same day.

Wilkerson said all original charges stand and it is possible other victims will come forward.

In April 2016 Rojo was indicted on three counts of official oppression, one county of indecency with a child and one count of sexual performance by a child.

The allegations date back to April 2015.

Past indictments said Rojo succeeded in persuading one minor to expose her breast and another juvenile to expose her genitals..

The indictments go on to say Rojo used his authority as a detective to convince the victims.

The original reports said Rojo was placed on paid leave in August, after the first incident was reported.

Rojo was then fired by the police department in June.

Rojo's original trial date was set for September. Wilkerson said the date will most likely be pushed back due to the fourth victim coming forward.

It hasn't been decided if all charges will be tried together.

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