Former Liberty County deputy arrested on theft charge

A former Liberty County sheriff’s deputy, who also previously worked as a Pct. 6 deputy constable, has found himself on the wrong side of the law and is facing a theft charge following his arrest on July 11.
According to a statement from Liberty County Sheriff Bobby Rader, Ricardo Aguilar, 33, the sheriff’s office received a complaint that Aguilar, who was working for an independent contractor doing repairs to a home that had been flooded, reportedly had taken a $4,000 payment from the homeowners to buy supplies and pay for the repairs. An invoice was signed by both the homeowner and Aguilar.
“Upon completion of the repair work, the independent contractor met with the homeowner to discuss the expenditures and collect the final check for the repairs. The homeowner advised the independent contractor that he had already paid the $4,000,” Rader’s statement reads.
In the complaint to authorities, the independent contractor and the homeowner both provided signed statements. A probable cause statement was presented for Theft – a state jail felony, and a warrant was issued by Pct. 4 Justice of the Peace Larry Wilburn.
“The Liberty County Sheriff’s Office contacted the Texas Rangers and requested that they serve the warrant due to the fact that Aguilar had previously left the State of Texas several times and also because he had been a commissioned peace officer,” the statement continues.
On July 11, Aguilar was booked into the Liberty County Jail without incident.
“There is an ongoing investigation by the Liberty County Sheriff’s Office in reference to other financial issues Aguilar may have had,” the statement reads. “Aguilar’s commission with the constable’s office was terminated on Feb. 10, 2017.”
According to the sheriff’s office statement, the policy of the department is that the Texas Rangers will be called to investigate a complaint anytime there is a complaint on an elected official and/or commissioned peace officer.
“LCSO will also do an internal affairs investigation on LCSO commissioned officers that receive a complaint,” the statement reads.

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