HOUSTON – A deputy with the Harris County Constable’s Office Precinct 5 who is accused of molesting a woman at the Houston Livestock Show and Rodeo appeared in court Monday.
The 23-year-old woman was at the Barbecue Cookoff at Reliant Park on Feb. 23 when she got separated from her family. The woman said Deputy Tommy Forgue approached her in full uniform and offered to help her locate her family. He let her use his iPhone, and then offered to drive her around to her parent’s vehicle.
The woman said once she got into the constable’s unmarked vehicle he asked to see her breast. When she said “no,” she said Forgue reached over and pulled her shirt down, exposing her nipple, and then began touching the side of her breast with his hand.
The woman said she was afraid he would sexually assault her further, so she texted her friend on his phone saying she needed help. At one point, she said she tried to get out the vehicle and he threatened to arrest her if she didn’t get back in.
Forgue then drove her to the parking lot area where her parent’s vehicle was located and she called police, according to court documents.
Forgue admitted that he did provide transportation to the woman in his personal vehicle while acting as a peace officer, and that he told her that she could be arrested for public intoxication, but he denied making any sexual comments to the woman.
Forgue was charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor. The Houston Police Department is investigating the incident.
Forgue, a deputy in the patrol division who has been with the department for nearly five years, has been placed on administrative leave.
He has a court appointed attorney and his next court date is set for May 29.