Judge raises bail for suspected child predator almost set free under 'sanctuary' policy

According to the Travis Co. Sheriff’s Office, an ICE detainer was initially declined for Hugo Gallardo-Gonzalez, 31. He was charged with sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl. (Photo courtesy: Austin Police Department)

AUSTIN - A Travis County, Texas judge has increased the bail for a man accused of sexually assaulting a 9-year-old girl who nearly went free on bail after the sheriff's office determined the crime didn't meet the criteria of their Immigration and Customs Enforcement detainer policy.

31-year old Hugo Javier Gallardo-Gonzalez, who is undocumented, was booked on Sunday for continuous sexual abuse of a child.

An ICE detainer was requested, but the sheriff's office initially declined it.

Gallardo-Gonzalez posted bond and was awaiting an ankle monitor, but before he could leave, the department received an affidavit containing details about an aggravated sexual abuse element, and the detainer was reinstated.

In a statement Tuesday, a department spokesperson writes, "The Travis County Sheriff's Office intends to review this matter and consider possible policy modifications to account for similar future issues."

Gallardo-Gonzalez's bail, initially set at $50,000, has been raised to $250,000.

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