As Texas Rangers arrived at the home of a Marlin, TX police to arrest him on Friday, the 30-year-old cop allegedly used his gun to take his own life.
According to the report by KWTX, Rangers arrived at the home of police Chief Nathan Sodek to serve warrants for his arrest in relation to an alleged sexual assault of a female suspect. Sodek was accused of forcing a 35-year-old check forgery suspect to have sex with him in exchange for him not taking her to jail. The woman told investigators in a sworn statement she felt like she “had no other option but to have sex with him if I didn’t want to go to jail.”
According to her sworn statement, the woman told authorities that she felt “powerless and helpless to the entire situation.”
The woman, whose name was not released, was arrested earlier this year for attempting to cash a check from the account of a dead person. She was released from jail the same day and told to return to the Marlin Police Department the next day. Police offered the chance to have her charges dropped if she agreed to serve as an undercover informant. According to the statement she gave, police told her that she wouldn’t have to worry about her warrant if she “went and made a buy from three dealers that I wouldn’t have to worry about the warrant.”
“During the entire time of the buys, the chief was messaging me telling me how beautiful I was and how he wanted to go out with me on St. Patrick’s Day to have drinks on 6th Street in Austin,” the woman said in the statement.
The inappropriate texting would eventually turn into full-on sexual assault, however, when the chief had the woman meet him at Marlin City Park to discuss another undercover buy. Instead of discussing the buy, the chief pulled out his penis, according to the statement and
After it was over, the woman claims the chief dropped her off at a gas station and told her “nobody needs to find out about this.”
After the news broke of the chief’s death, city officials and fellow cops took to the press to praise him.
“I cried because he is old enough to be my son, but like I’ve told the other guys, I just want people to know to pray for his family, pray for his soul and pray for our city to come together during this time,” Marlin City Manager Cedric Davis said. “We are going through some grieving right now, but we will get past this. We just have to be strong for his family as well for those employees that worked here.”
“I really, strongly believe with more years under his belt as a chief he would have really excelled as the new chief,” former Marlin police Officer Albert Cavazos said of his former co-worker. “Unfortunately, whatever issues he had or whatever happened, it came to an abrupt end. He was a good man who was polite to people. I still can’t believe it. It just doesn’t make sense.”