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Family says sex offender treated unfairly by police

4-28-2014 Texas:

An Edinburg woman claims the police department is treating her husband unfairly when it comes to registering as a sex offender.

Victor Salinas did verify as the sex offender unit Monday morning, but his wife, Maria said the process was very inconvenient.

Maria Salinas's husband, Victor, has been a registered sex offender since 2002.

"He has to register for life as a sex offender so we're doing that, but we've been doing fine. We were doing that with county and we never had an issue," said Maria Salinas.

That all changed with their home was annexed into the city of Edinburg about four months ago. Maria said both she and Victor told the investigator they could not make the appointment the police department had scheduled for Victor to verify his sex offender registration.

She told Action 4 that's when an investigator "threatened" to issue an arrest warrant.

"He just told me, ‘I don’t care, I don’t care what it is. You can’t change it, but if he doesn’t show up, I will have him arrested."

We went to Edinburg police to get answers.

"His risk level assessment is moderate to high, he needs to come in and do a verification every 90 days," said Lt. Oscar Trevino.

Turns out, Victor Salinas was convicted of indecency with a child and aggravated sexual assault back in 2002.

The victim was only six-years-old.

Lt. Oscar Trevino told Action 4News Salinas needed to come in, but gave several excuses.

"The investigator gave him the benefit of the doubt and gave him two different opportunities to come in on two different dates, which for some reason or another he was not in agreement with. After that enough is enough, the police department has a duty to protect our citizens,” said Lt. Trevino.

Lt. Trevino said it’s why Salinas was told to show up Monday morning.

Salina's wife said they had to push back their other plans.

She just wishes that the department would be more accommodating.

"I understand the public servants are here to serve the public. I understand my husband is a registered sex offender that might be conserved a felon, but that doesn’t give him the right to treat him like a criminal," said Maria Salinas.

"We're not going to take the risk or the liability that his person goes out and reoffends, that we dropped the ball and he slips through the cracks. We're not going to let that happen," said Lt. Trevino.

Edinburg police said they have many people that need to be registered with their sex offender unit, which is why the appointments are given.

They are not allowed to reschedule appointments unless it is for a medical reason. ..Source.. by Ashly Custer

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