Dallas, Texas – David Delgado, 35, of Dallas, was sentenced yesterday before U.S. District Judge Jane J. Boyle to 37 months in federal prison and ordered to pay $2,900.00 in restitution, following his guilty plea in May 2017 to one count of use of interstate facility to commit travel act. U.S. Attorney Erin Nealy Cox of the Northern District of Texas made today’s announcement.
According to documents filed in the case, from November 26, 2015 and continuing to May 31, 2016, Delgado was employed as a Dallas County Community Supervision officer (DCCSO). His job involved the monitoring, counseling, and developing and implementing supervision plans for, among others, adult Spanish-speaking individuals who were on court-ordered probation.
During this time period, Delgado supervised an individual who had no legal status in the United States and who was on probation for a Dallas County offense. Delgado called the probationer into his office and told him/her that he/she still had community service to complete and fees to pay as a condition of his/her probation. The probationer knew that Delgado’s request was not correct because he/she had receipts showing his/her status was current on payments and community supervision hours, and that no more monies were owed. Just prior to their last in-person meeting, Delgado told the probationer that he/she had to come up with another $1,600 within eight days or he/she would have to perform additional community service.
Delgado explained the $1,600 would be divided between two others who were supposed to help Delgado waive/prevent the imposition of additional community service hours. The probationer believed that paying Delgado would prevent additional charges against him/her and felt obligated to do so since Delgado was in a position of authority as his/her DCCSO. Thereafter, on a Saturday prior to June 2016, Delgado placed a call to the probationer and arranged a meeting at a Dallas restaurant to collect the bribe payment.
During the call, the probationer asked Delgado if he/she could pay half of the $1,600 at the meeting and the other half later. Delgado told the probationer that he needed all of the money at once because he just could not pay one person and not the other that were going assist. Delgado further explained that to pay in full was for the probationer’s benefit and would help keep immigration officials away. Delgado warned the probationer that one of his other probationers was picked up by Immigration officials and deported, and that the probationer needed to stay straight. Delgado and the probationer met as planned and Delgado was paid $1,600.
In addition to the $1,600 Delgado received described above, Delgado also received a total of approximately $1,300 from three other probationers he supervised.
The press release is available at justice.gov.