HOUSTON A Houston police officer was behind bars Thursday, accused of aggravated sexual assault.

Abraham Joseph, 27, was indicted on two counts of aggravated sex assault in connection with incidents that occurred in early January, the Harris County DA s Office said.

Prosecutors said both offenses happened while Joseph was in uniform.

This man was a police officer who violated the public s trust and dishonored his badge. He used his status as a public servant to sexually assault women. HPD Chief Charles McClelland has been extremely cooperative in this investigation, and we will continue to work together to ensure that the citizens of Houston and Harris County can trust and rely on the men and women in uniform, Harris County District Attorney Patricia Lykos said.

Joseph was relieved of duty after the allegations surfaced on January 2.

After conducting an initial investigation, the Special Crimes Division determined in conjunction with the Internal Affairs Division that there was sufficient cause to immediately relieve Officer Abraham Joseph of his duties, HPD said.

Joseph was arrested Thursday after a Harris County grand jury handed down his indictment.

He could face up to life in prison if convicted.

Joseph is set to appear in court next week for an arraignment.

He was being held in the Harris County Jail on $500,000 bond.

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