Former West Texas Roughnecks (indoor football team) director of operations Ernesto â€œErnieâ€ Salcido was arrested Thursday at the Roughnecks offices, but it wasnâ€™t his first brush with the law.
Team owner Dale Morris said the whole situation was a surprise.
â€œEveryone who knows this young gentleman is shocked,â€ Morris said.
According to police affidavits, the 30-year-old Salcido sent text messages requesting sexual images of a 14-year-old girl and, without the knowledge of his coworkers, recorded them using the bathroom.
The mother of the 14-year-old girl identified in the police affidavit said that on two separate occasions she heard former owner Albert Smith tell Morris there was an ongoing investigation. The mother said the inappropriate text messages were only the last straw.
The woman, who worked at a company related to the Odessa Roughnecks, said that her daughterâ€™s job during the 2009 season was to help the smaller mascot â€œDerrickâ€ in and out of his suit and escort him around the stadium because the mascot was a small boy.
The woman said Salcido, who was the mascot â€œDiggerâ€ in 2008 and 2009, began to ask her daughter to help him out of his suit in the locker room at home games, then keep her daughter and the other boy locked in the room while Salcido showered.
Ernie hasn’t closed up shop on his MySpace page so if you want to see what’s doing with this pervert, cruise over there and you’ll see that the idiot even has a newborn.
Let this be a lesson to all other indoor football teams – background search your mascots and disallow kids anywhere a mascot named Digger.
[Salcido has history of complaints - Odessa American]