Sheriff: Ruiz arrested on child pornography charges as investigators "comb" through evidence in sexual assault of a child case

Robin Bradshaw
Alice Echo News Journal

Investigators with the Jim Wells County Sheriff’s Department's Criminal Investigations Division took Mauricio Jesus Ruiz into custody for an outstanding arrest warrant for possession of child pornography on Wednesday, March 17. 

Mauricio Jesus Ruiz was arrested on a warrant for Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography on Wednesday, March 17 at Jim Wells County Sheriff's Office.

The 40-year-old's arrest stems from an ongoing investigation that began in October 2020 when he was first arrested for continuous sexual assault of a child.

This case is also being worked on in conjunction with the Department of Homeland Security. A bond of $150,000.00 was set by the magistrate for this charge.

Ruiz was originally charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child and sexual abuse of a child continuous charges after a girl, under the age of 10, made allegations against him.On Feb. 25, investigators also charged him with invasive visual recording by investigators.

The 40-year-old's newest charge stems from evidence gathered at the initial call for service, Sheriff Daniel Bueno said.  Investigators continue to gather evidence in the investigation.

As of Thursday press time, Ruiz's victims include a 10-year-old girl and an adult woman.

Bueno and his investigators believe there will be more arrest warrants for Ruiz as they carefully comb through all the evidence.

The case in ongoing.