GALVESTON A former deputy charged with sexually assaulting a child was cleared of wrongdoing, and the man wants his job back with the Galveston County Sheriff s Office, authorities said Wednesday.

Miguel Zapata, 45, was arrested Feb. 13 on charges from Grand Prairie police accusing him of sexually assaulting a child, Maj. Ray Tuttoilmondo, a spokesman for the Galveston County Sheriff s Office said in a statement released Wednesday.

Zapata, who was hired with the sheriff s office in September 2010, voluntarily resigned his position as a deputy as soon as he learned of the charges against him, Tuttoilmondo said.

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