In a SACurrent news article, six months after a 16-year-old foster girl was sent to live with Miguel Briseno and his wife, Debra, the new foster father sexually assaulted her. Prior to the assault, the teenage girl would regularly join Briseno in the garage at their Von Ormy house, where he’d fix up old cars. “She wanted to learn,” wrote Bexar County Detective Jesus Ochoa in a court document. According to the victim, Briseno sexually assaulted her at least once a week for the years she was living under his care.
On Wednesday, the Bexar County Sheriff’s Office (in a joint operation with the Medina County Sheriff’s Office and the Texas Rangers) arrested 58-year-old Briseno in Devine, Texas for sexually assaulting at least three different foster children under his care between 2005 and 2010.
Another of Briseno’s fostered victims said that when she was 15, he would offer her cigarettes and extra allowance in exchange for having sex with him. Most of the time, however, he would have sex with her without her consent. Once, when she refused to have sex with him while driving in a van, Briseno made her drive while he had sex with her foster sister in the van’s backseat.
In both victim’s testimony to Ochoa, one sentiment, in particular, stands out.
One of the girls told him she “was … scared because this was her first foster home and didn’t want to be removed to somewhere else.” The other was “afraid to tell anyone while she was at the home in fear of being removed and placed in another foster home.”
It seems living in this abusive environment was almost better than the idea of starting over in a new foster home.
Update, Oct. 17: Prior to this post, the Bexar County District Clerk’s office confirmed that a Miguel Briseno charged with a 2000 child abuse crime was the same man charged in this case. However, on Oct. 17, District Clerk Donna McKinney retracted this statement. These are two different men. We deeply regret this error in such a delicate case.
2014 Crime Facts at a Glance According to the Texas Department of Public Safety:
- There were 913,403 index crime offenses reported with a 20.3 percent clearance rate for Texas in 2014.
- The crime rate for the State of Texas was 3,392.2 index offenses for every 100,000 inhabitants.
- During 2014, Texas law enforcement officers made 878,686 arrests. Of those arrested, 6.6 percent were 16 years of age and under.
- Firearms were used in 63.3 percent of all murders reported.
- There were 65,338 aggravated assaults reported. Of these, 21.3 percent were committed by the use of hands, fists, and feet; 21.4 percent involved a knife or cutting instrument, and 24.2 percent involved a firearm.
- 185,817 family violence incidents during 2014. There were 201,051 victims and 195,511 offenders.
- There were 18,756 sexual assault incidents reported with 19,834 victims and 19,821 offenders.
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