Arturo Dominguez accused of helping friend flee arrest

Copy of former Deputy Arturo Dominguez and “lifelong friend” Omar Ayala (Osceola County Sheriff’s Office)

A 31-year-old sheriff’s deputy in Florida found himself inside a jail cell this week for allegedly using his access to information as a law enforcement officer to help his ” lifelong friend” – a 36-year-old high school teacher accused of having sex with a minor – evade authorities and flee the area before he can be arrested.

Former Osceola County Sheriff’s Deputy Arturo Dominguez was removed from his position and taken into custody on Wednesday. He was charged with one count each of subsequently complicity in unlawful sexual activity with a minor, unauthorized access to computers and devices, official misconduct in obstructing an investigation and disclosure or use of classified criminal justice information, all crimes, authorities said.

Dominguez’s friend, Omar Ayala, is on the loose with a warrant for his arrest.

According to Osceola County Sheriff Marco Lopez, his office received a complaint on April 20 regarding former Deputy Dominguez. The complaint comes from a detective from the Okeechobee County Sheriff’s Office who requested an arrest warrant for Ayala, accused of having unlawful sex with a minor.

The mother of the underage victim said she found “disturbing text messages and images” of a sexual nature exchanged between her daughter and Ayala, the victim’s cross-country ski coach. After further investigation, authorities said they discovered that Ayala and the victim had been sending “explicit images and videos” of each other.

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