Former BCSO deputy accused of allowing inmates to perform his cell check duties

Megan Armstrong San Antonio News

A former Bexar County Sheriff’s deputy was arrested Wednesday after he was accused of having inmates complete his job tasks, Sheriff Javier Salazar said during a news conference Thursday.

Salazar said Danilo Molina, 68, would make inmates perform his cell checks and then update the logs as if he was on the one who conducted them. Molina was arrested Wednesday and charged with tampering with government records.

In the jail, deputies are required to conduct regular checks by activating a sensor on the wall that electronically logs the procedure. According to Salazar, the 30-year veteran with the department was giving his sensor to inmates for them to perform the checks. Another deputy caught Molina and alerted a supervisor, the sheriff said.

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Salazar did not say when Molina was caught, but he was on administrative leave during the investigation. Molina retired from the department before he could be terminated and was given a dishonorable discharge.

Salazar said having the inmates perform these actions is dangerous because they don’t have the training deputies do.

“I am just concerned about how many younger deputies he taught that this was OK to do,” Salazar said. “I want to send the message that this isn’t OK and you can see what happens if you do it.”

Molina was indicted on the charges in December and an arrest warrant was issued. He was released on $2,000 bond, Salazar said.

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