Primera Police officer arrested in connection to hidden camera in minor’s room

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BROWNSVILLE, Texas – The Cameron County District Attorney’s Office Special Investigations Unit (CCDA SIU) has arrested a Primera Police officer for installing a hidden camera in the bedroom of a minor.

31-year-old Joel Alex Sandate was arrested and charged with one count of Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography (3rd Degree Felony) and one count of Invasive Visual Recording (State Jail Felony).

A tip came in to the CCDA SIU on March 18 regarding allegations about the hidden camera in the bedroom of a 14-year-old, obtaining images of the minor without their knowledge. At midnight, they executed a search warrant that verified the location of the camera and the content. Investigators attempted to interview Sandate, then booked him at the Carrizales Detention Center.

Sandate was arraigned today by Judge Erin Garcia who issued a total bond of $75,000. The CCDA SIU, the HSI RGV Child Exploitation Task Force, and Texas Rangers worked together on this investigation.

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