San Jose Firefighter Charged for Drugs, But Not Sex Crimes

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    CA Dept. of Justice
    Mario Cuestas

    A veteran San Jose firefighter charged with three counts of selling, possessing and attempting to sell methamphetamine to an undercover officer was arraigned Tuesday afternoon in Santa Clara Superior Court.

    Mario Cuestas, 53, was arrested last week at his fire station. At the time, investigators said he was also under suspicion of having sex with a 17-year-old boy.    

    Veteran San Jose Firefighter Charged with Drug, Sex Crimes

    [BAY] Veteran San Jose Firefighter Charged with Drug, Sex Crimes
    A San Jose firefighter was arrested Thursday and is facing drug and sex crime charges involving high schoolers following a two-month state Department of Justice investigation. George Kiriyama reports. (Published Friday, Feb 14, 2014)


    But, so far, prosecutors have not charged Cuestas with any sex crimes.

    Veteran San Jose Firefighter Charged With Drug, Sex Crimes

    [BAY] Veteran San Jose Firefighter Charged With Drug, Sex Crimes
    A San Jose firefighter was arrested Thursday and is facing drug and sex crime charges involving high schoolers following a two-month state Department of Justice investigation. (Published Friday, Feb 14, 2014)

    “There’s an ongoing investigation that involves sex with an underage minor, and that part of the investigation is still ongoing,” Deputy District Attorney Patrick Vanier said. “So I’m not at liberty to comment on that investigation at this time.”

    Cuestas’ bail was set at $75,000.  He is due back in court next week to enter a plea.   

    Veteran San Jose Firefighter Arrested on Sex, Drug Charges

    [BAY] Veteran San Jose Firefighter Arrested on Sex, Drug Charges
    San Jose Firefighter Mario Enrique Cuestas, 53, is being charged with the sale and possession of methamphetamine as well as sex assault and oral copulation charges with minors, according to the Department of Justice. Christie Smith reports (Published Friday, Feb 14, 2014)

    According to his Facebook page, Cuestas, a native of Guatemala City, was with the San Jose Fire Department since 1994 and also worked for the Roman Catholic Diocese of San Jose since 2012 as a church singer.

    SJFD has put Cuestas on unpaid administrative leave.