Deputy facing 3 more felonies
A former Harris County sheriff’s deputy accused of producing pornography depicting bestiality is facing three more felonies after police said a forensic search of his home computer turned up more than 200 images of child pornography.
Andrew Sustaita Jr., a six-year law enforcement veteran, was arrested Monday after an online task force connected him to obscene material including images of sexual contact with a dog.
He was arrested Monday for the state jail felony while officers searched his home and confiscated a laptop, according to court records.
On Friday, three other felonies were filed by the district attorney’s office.
“These cases are very important because they exploit children,” said Joanne Musick, chief of the district attorney’s sex crimes division. “When the image is produced, the child is literally being abused and people are trading those images.”
Sustaita was relieved of duty after his arrest, according to the sheriff ’s office.
Sustaita, who most recently was assigned to the Crime Control Division, was identified as a suspect after investigators learned of obscene online material coming from an account based in Harris County.
The former deputy was released from custody after posting $30,000 bail. If convicted of the third-degree felony, he could face a maximum punishment of 10 years in prison.