The former Webb County constable will begin his prison sentence

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Former Webb County PC. Constable Rodolfo “Rudy” Rodriguez Jr. is expected to begin his jail term on Tuesday, according to court documents.

On February 9, Rodriguez was charged with one count of inducing an individual to travel in an interstate foreign commerce state to engage in prostitution. Rodriguez pleaded guilty on March 31.

On September 22, Rodriguez was sentenced to 12 months and a day in prison followed by five years of probation and a $5,500 fine. He must have no contact with the victim.

“You must not have any contact with the victim or the victim’s family, including letters, communication devices, audio or visual devices, visits or any contact through a third party, without the consent prior writing from the United States probation officer,” Rodriguez’s judgment states. .

At the time of sentencing, Rodriguez was allowed to remain on bail before voluntarily surrendering to the Bureau of Prisons.

A surrender order signed Oct. 14 by U.S. District Judge Alfred H Bennett states that Rodriguez must surrender by 2 p.m. Tuesday at FCI Bastrop at 1341 Highway 95 North in Bastrop, Texas.

FCI Bastrop is a low-security federal correctional facility with approximately 1,000 inmates.

Rodriguez’s case dates back to June 2019. The coercion or seduction took place between June 1, 2019 and September 26, 2019, according to court documents.

A criminal information affidavit filed against Rodriguez states that he knowingly attempted “to induce an individual to travel in foreign commerce to engage in prostitution.”

No further information is available as his file remains sealed.

Prior to his arrest, Rodriguez unexpectedly announced his March 28 retirement. Webb County commissioners accepted his resignation that day. Rodriguez had been re-elected in 2020 and his term would have ended on December 31, 2024.

Rodriguez’s service to the community earned him re-election five consecutive times. He was considered a pillar of the community, with the non-profit organization Angel of Hope (formerly Navidad en el Barrio) being his signature event, where Rodriguez and his deputies handed out toys, tablets and bikes to schoolchildren in the arena.

While in office, Rodriguez would reach out to the community with presentations on crime prevention, stranger danger, anti-bullying, anti-gang and anti-drugs, promoting the student self-esteem.

Rodriguez’s public service led the Laredo ISD Board of Directors to dedicate its police department building in Rodriguez’s honor on May 17, 2019. This honor was withdrawn on April 14 after the board voted to unanimously to delete the name of the building.

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