The Nueces County District Attorney has officially re-opened the case that involves San Diego Police Chief Richard Nava who was accused of sexually accusing and writing sexually explicit letters to his 17-year-old stepdaughter.
Nava became police chief in San Diego in 2016 after approximately a year on the force. The citizens of San Diego have voiced their concerns about Nava on the police force to San Diego Mayor Araseli “Sally” Lichtenberger and Mayor Pro-tem Araceli “Shelly” Gaitan. However, no formal written complaints have been made.
“I'm trying to arrange an emergency council meeting asap,” Lichtenberger said. “The previous council hired him, but we are the ones having to do manage control on the situation. I have spoken with Mark Gonzalez (Nueces County District Attorney) about the case and I am glad he has re-opened the case.”
Lichtenberger agrees with Gonzalez's comments to the Corpus Christi Caller Times that state Gonzalez believes Nava should not be a police chief, or in law enforcement at all.
According to reports from the family, Nava's step-daughter, Adalin Vasquez, shot herself in 2009 and her mother, Cidalin Rojas, found sexually explicit letters in the girl’s bedroom from Nava.
Nava confessed to writing the sexually-explicit letters to his step-daughter, Gonzalez told Corpus Christi Caller Times.
“I don't have any comments at this time,” Nava said.
The San Diego City Council is expected to have the emergency meeting in the next few days to discuss the situation.
According to Mayor Lichtenberger, this is a criminal investigation and Nava may be place on administrative leave WITHOUT pay.
District Attorney Mark Gonzalez couldn't be reached for comment. Nava has never been charged or arrested on this case.