A man who spent years working for local law enforcement agencies now sits behind bars at one of his former employers after being arrested on a sexual assault of a child charge by another.
The Seguin Police Department arrested 49-year-old Danny Rivera, of Seguin, Wednesday following an almost year-long investigation into an allegation.
Rivera is a former dispatcher for several area law enforcement agencies including the Luling Police Department, Seguin Police Department, the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office and the city of New Braunfels.
According to the affidavit of arrest, the investigation into Rivera began in December 2017 when an employee at the Guadalupe County Sheriff’s Office reported a past incident allegedly involving Rivera and a 10-year-old victim.
“An employee at the Sheriff’s Office reported that Danny had engaged in sex acts with (name) while (name) was a juvenile,” Seguin Police Detective Franklin Thomas wrote in the report.
After determining the incidents happened in Seguin, the investigation was handed over to the Seguin Police Department.
It was reported that Rivera allegedly engaged in sexual conduct by “reaching into (name’s) pants and touching genitals” at a sleepover, the report said.
In January, Rivera was interviewed by the Seguin Police Department, where he reportedly admitted to performing oral sex multiple times on a juvenile victim, the affidavit said.
However he denied any sexual contact with another juvenile, authorities said.
Earlier this week, the detectives received a statement regarding the alleged abuse, Thomas wrote.
“(Name) advised that Danny Rivera had sexual contact with him when (name) was approximately 10 years old until approximately 12 years old,” the report said. “The sexual contact included Danny Rivera performing oral sex on (name) and (name) performing oral sex on Danny Rivera.”
Furthermore, it was alleged Rivera had sex with the victim on multiple occasions.
The incidents were reported to have occurred in 2000 and 2002 at two separate locations in the city, Thomas wrote.
Rivera was arrested and booked into Guadalupe County Jail on a charge of sexual assault of a child and is being held on $250,000 bond, Seguin Police spokesperson Tanya Brown said in a news release.
“Due to the nature of the offense and the ongoing investigation we cannot comment future on specifics in this case at this time,” she said.
Brown said Rivera was not arrested at the time of his reported confession because the investigation was incomplete.
“The investigation was not concluded at the time of his confession,” she said. “On any investigation, elements of the offense must be corroborated before an arrest can be made. This is true even in cases involving confessions.”
Rivera most recently worked as a dispatcher for the Luling Police Department until he was terminated on Wednesday, Luling Police Chief W.J. “Bill” Sala said.
Rivera was rehired at the Luling Police Department in February, Sala confirmed.
Additionally, Rivera worked for the city of New Braunfels as an emergency dispatcher from November 2010 to October 2014 before he was terminated for policy violations, New Braunfels Communications Coordinator David Ferguson said.
Rivera was lauded in 2012 for talking a man through the process of helping his wife deliver their child during a 911 call. For years while working in New Braunfels, Rivera coordinated the department’s annual picnic bringing together police officers and children for a day of fun, food and free bikes.
Rivera’s involvement in the annual Kops & Kids Safety Picnic is unrelated to the charge he faces. That involvement in no way should mar the event.
“Due to the nature of the charge against Rivera, we took a much closer look at the results of the investigation by the Seguin Police Department,” Ferguson said. “Based on that information, there is no reason to believe at this point that any criminal activity occurred during his time of employment with the city of New Braunfels.”
Prior to his time in New Braunfels, Rivera worked as a telecommunications operator for the Seguin Police Department from May 2006 to October 2010.
Officials said the investigation continues and other victims or anyone with information is encouraged to contact the Seguin Police Department at 830-379-2123.
Reporter Dalondo Moultrie contributed to this report