Washington County Sheriff Cracking Down on Crime

By: Nicole Morten Email
By: Nicole Morten Email

He hit the ground running as soon as he was elected Sheriff of Washington County. From major drug seizures to multi-million dollar marijuana operations, Sheriff Otto Hanak says he and his team are cracking down on crime -- and they're just getting started.

Whether it's a multi-million dollar marijuana farm; jailing criminals or even...

“We have Deputy Art Senteno who literally runs into a burning building to save a 77-year-old man,” explained Washington County Sheriff Otto Hanak.

The Washington County Sheriff's Office is always watching, rolling and cracking down on crime.

“We have put a significant impact on criminal activity in this county and we’re just in the beginning stages,” Hanak added.

With a new chain of command come new policies. Those policies include more visibility and zero tolerance for criminals.

Deputy Art Senteno is helping enforce those policies; and when he's not running into burning buildings to save lives; he says he spends at least 11 hours a day patrolling the county.

“It's important for us to be visible in the rural areas; we had one pot bust in the last 45 days, and then not too long after that, we had an even bigger one," added Senteno. "So, it's really important for us to maintain that visibility to ensure our citizens here feel secure.”

Hanak says Kenneth Dillon Bilski was the chief suspect in a home burglary in the 8400 block of FM 390 where he’s accused of stealing a firearm.

"Our crime victims for years and years and years, in my opinion have been put on the back burner and have had to struggle to get the attention they well deserve,” explained Hanak. “We’re not tolerating these career criminals anymore.”

He was eventually arrested by Brenham Police and booked into the Washington County jail.

Once inside the jail, Bilski was served with not one, not two, but three warrants totaling more than $450,000. While that number is set by the county judge -- it's a number that the sheriff's office says symbolizes a deeper message.

“We’re letting the bad guys know that there is zero tolerance for them and we're going to go after you and get you,” added Washington County Sheriff Deputy Art Senteno.
Bilski's Bond is set at $550,000.

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