Texas deputy fired after using her boyfriend’s taser on her three children
A Texas deputy was relieved of her duties after she was allegedly found using her boyfriend’s taser with her three children ages 8, 11 and 12.
Former Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Xochitl Ortiz, 34, appeared in court May 20 to face three counts of causing injury to children under the age of 15.
Each charge carries a possible sentence of 10 years in prison, under Texas law.
Ortiz was a two-year veteran of the force. His boyfriend, former MP Christopher Worthington, was also fired from the department. He joined in October 2020.
The alleged abuse occurred at Ortiz’s apartment in the town of Tomball between April 1 and April 4 of this year.
During that time, Ortiz is accused of ‘stunning’ her children with an ‘electrical self-defense device’. She is believed to have used the department-issued Taser on her deputy partner.
Former Harris County Precinct 4 Deputy Constable Xochitl Ortiz is facing charges of causing injury to children under the age of 15.
Ortiz’s boyfriend, Christopher Worthington, joined the department in October 2020. He was also fired for violating force policies.
According police1, a ‘drive-stun’ is ‘generally regarded as a pain compliance technique that is a smaller amount of force than deploying the probes’.
Prosecutors say the boys told their father, who is divorcing their mother, about the alleged abuse.
They said they were tasered to the bottom, hand and shoulder. That
Ortiz’s children reported the alleged abuse to their father and that they “don’t feel safe” in their home, probable cause prosecutors presented in Harris County District Court, adding that the children “made consistent statements of abuse” by his mother. state child protection workers. Ortiz and the children’s father are currently divorcing.
He then reported Ortiz to authorities on April 14. Ortiz was arrested on May 18.
Ortiz is a two-year veteran of the department. His boyfriend has also been fired from the department.
The hearing officer during the court appearance told Ortiz: ‘The facts allege that you used a Taser to shock each of your children: one in the hand, one in the buttocks, one in the shoulder. The facts allege that the complaining witnesses complained of shock and pain and do not feel safe in their home,’ reports KTRK.
Ortiz was taken into custody. As of this writing, Ortiz is no longer listed as an inmate at the Harris County Jail, which means she has posted bond.
His bail was set at $450,000, later reduced to $150,000.
According to Ortiz’s financial disclosure document, his income is $2,500 per month. You have more than $4,500 in monthly expenses and $300 in the bank.
Ortiz’s attorney, Russell Neumann, told KTRK that his client maintains his innocence and intends to “fight” the accusations against him.
Ortiz said in the back of the empty courtroom as she heard prosecutors allege that her children don’t feel safe with her.
Ortiz’s attorney maintained his innocence in a statement and was adamant that his client intends to fight the charges.
The taser used in the incident belonged to Worthington, Ortiz’s boyfriend.
Worthington was fired from his job for violations of department policy, but is not currently facing criminal charges.
In a statement, Ortiz’s former boss, Agent Mark Herman, said, “On April 14, 2022, my office received a complaint regarding these allegations and immediately launched an investigation. My office, along with investigators from the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, worked together, culminating in my office apprehending former Deputy Xochitl Ortiz and transferring her to investigators.’
According to Strategies for Youth, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve relationships between youth and law enforcement, Tasers are used too often on children.
Ortiz’s children told authorities during the investigation that they don’t feel safe with their mother, reports KHOU.
The largest manufacturer of tasers in the US, Axon, recommends not using tasers on children on its website.
According Strategies for Youth, a nonprofit organization that seeks to improve relationships between youth and law enforcement, Tasers are used too often on children.
A report from the group states in part: ‘Physically and emotionally, they respond very differently from adults to stress, trauma and physical assault. Unfortunately, law enforcement in this country often fails to recognize that youth require an entirely different set of tools and strategies during encounters and interactions than adults.’