Texas Rangers over the weekend arrested a former Comal County Sheriff’s Office deputy fired last year upon revelation of allegations of his alleged sexual misconduct with a teen girl.
James Alexander Leal, 41, of Universal City, was taken to the Bexar County Jail on Saturday facing a charge of sexual performance of a child, a second-degree felony. According to jail records online, Leal was released on a $25,000 bond.
Comal County Sheriff Mark Reynolds said he fired Leal after information was brought to CCSO’s attention regarding the allegations of criminal activity.
“The victim’s father came in and revealed some details that were very disturbing to us. We wanted to make sure they got the appropriate investigation,” Reynolds said Tuesday. “There was enough at that particular time that we felt the action we took was appropriate. It was appropriate for what we did at that time.”
A man visited the sheriff’s office in October and complained that Leal had an improper relationship with the man’s daughter, Reynolds said shortly after firing Leal. He said he fired Leal Oct. 29 “due to a policy violation and loss of confidence in his ability to perform his duties.”
His office forwarded information to the Texas Rangers for an investigation, Reynolds said at the time.
“I don’t know what was in the investigation,” Reynold said Tuesday. “I’m sure it was a lot more in depth than the details we got at that time.”