Harris County deputy resigns amid allegations of sexual misconduct

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by KHOU.com staff / Rekha Muddaraj / KHOU 11 News

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Posted on August 15, 2013 at 2:12 PM

EAST HARRIS COUNTY, Texas –  A Harris County Sheriff’s deputy has resigned, amidst allegations of sexual misconduct made by a woman who lives in Cloverleaf.

Lisa Rodriguez said the deputy sexually assaulted her Tuesday while she was being questioned inside her East Harris County apartment. Normally, KHOU 11 News would conceal the identity of victims in these types of crimes but Rodriguez wanted everyone to hear her story.

The deputy looked up Rodriguez’s information and found there was a warrant out for her arrest on an assault charge. Rodriguez admitted she knew about the warrant, but while speaking with the deputy outside, she said he reached over and grabbed her necklace, fondling her breast.  She said he then suggested they speak inside her apartment.

Her two young daughters and niece were inside.

“I’m not thinking anything of it,” Rodriguez said. “I can trust this man, he’s an officer. What is he going to do?”

Then, Rodriguez said, the deputy suggested they go to her bedroom. That’s where, she said, the sexual assault happened.           

“He says, so what are you going to do about this warrant?” Rodriguez said. “And he grabs my hand and puts it on his private parts.”

Rodriguez said she was forced to perform a sexual act on the deputy.

“I’m thinking, ‘Oh my gosh, if I don’t do this, I’m going to go to jail,’” she said.

When he left, Rodriguez went to a Houston police station and filed a report.

She said she is speaking out about the incident, because she believes other women in the neighborhood have been coerced into sexual favors by the same deputy.

“I was always taught to be strong. I know what’s right is right, and what’s wrong is wrong,” she said.

The deputy was temporarily relieved of duty pending the outcome of the investigation, but he resigned the day after the alleged assault.  

“Rather than face answering questions from investigators with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Internal Affairs Division relating to allegations of sexual misconduct made on Tuesday by a citizen, an HCSO employee has resigned,” the Sheriff’s Office said via email.

Despite the resignation, the Harris County Sheriff’s Office said it will continue its investigation.

“The Harris County Sheriff’s Office takes these allegations extremely serious,” Cpt. Ken Melancon said Tuesday evening.  

The deputy’s name will not be released until the investigation is complete and/or criminal charges are filed.

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