Former jail guard arrested for molesting girl in Santa Rosa

Jose Armando Herrera // Cameron County Jail Photo

A former jail guard is facing criminal charges after he allegedly molested a young girl who would spend the night at his home.

Cameron County Sheriff's Department deputies arrested 37-year-old Jose Armando Herrera on an indecency with a child charge last week.

Court records released in the case show that the alleged sexual abuse had been taking place since April.

The records show that the girl knew Herrera through his wife and that she would spend the night at the their rural Santa Rosa home to play with their children.

According to an affidavit, Herrera tried to molest the girl on July 11th but the little girl yelled at him and went to tell his wife what happened.

Deputies booked Herrera into the Cameron County Jail but is currently out on a $35,000 dollar bond.

Texas Department of Criminal Justice (TDCJ) officials confirmed that Herrera was a correctional officer with the Lopez State Jail in Edinburg.

Herrera was hired back on September 18, 2008 but TDCJ records list his employment as "pending" and that he's prohibited from entering the jail.