3 Harris County Sheriff’s Office employees indicted in assault cases

A grand jury indicted three Harris County Sheriff's Office employees in separate assault cases dating back to 2015 and 2016, according to the Harris County District Attorney's Office. Sgt. Marco Carrizales, 37, was indicted for aggravated assault by a public servant after authorities say he broke a man's eye socket following a chase. Carrizales, authorities say was directing traffic for a refinery, when a man allegedly drove through a four-way stop sign. Carrizales, allegedly hit the man with an "unknown object," causing seriously bodily injury, breaking his eye socket. The charge is a first-degree felony. A grand jury also indicted Harris County jailer, Dylan Goddard, 24, for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon for a May 2016 incident. Goddard was a civilian detention officer at 1200 Baker, when he was transporting an inmate who was wearing handcuffs and leg irons. Authorities say a surveillance video shows Goddard lifting up the inmate and body slamming him on his skull. The inmate received seven staples to the back of his head. The charge is a second-degree felony. A grand jury also indicted a Harris County jailer, Michael Holley, 31, for two misdemeanor charges of assault-bodily injury that occurred in the 1200 Baker Street jail. Holley, a civilian detention officer, was walking with an inmate in handcuffs on Dec. 14, 2016 as he escorted him to the jail's infirmary. Authorities say surveillance video shows the inmate turning to face Holley, who then punches the inmate in the face multiple times and throws him to the ground. Holley was also escorting a handcuffed inmate on Dec. 19, 2016, when authorities say he shoved the inmate into a wall, according to video surveillance.   Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
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‘I’m just gonna shoot him if things go sideways,’ cop tells college student during traffic stop

Two University of Nevada, Reno police officers are being investigated after "inappropriate comments were made to a University graduate student by the officers" during a traffic stop early Sunday morning, according to UNR Police. The university released the video Wednesday afternoon, saying the events and comments were captured on a body camera. The video shows officers interacting with a group, which included a graduate student. At the 4:20 mark of the video, one of the officers says, "Holy (expletive), I'm glad you're not fighting, you're too big," apparently referring to a black graduate student, who starts laughing. "I was like, I'm just gonna shoot him if things go sideways," an officer seems to say. The student appears to stop laughing after this comment. The student reported the incident, according to the statement from the university. Read more at KRNV.
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Hearing set for Friday in wrongful death suit in John Hernandez case

A hearing is scheduled for Friday in connection with the wrongful death lawsuit filed against a former Harris County deputy and her husband in the death of a man outside a Sheldon restaurant earlier this year. Attorneys for the family of John Hernandez said in a statement that attorneys for former Deputy Chauna Thompson and her husband, Terry Thompson, have filed a motion to stay the case. The lawsuit is separate from the criminal case prosecutors have brought against the Thompsons, both of whom face murder charges. Hernandez died three days after the May 28 confrontation with the Thompsons outside a Denny's restaurant. Video of the incident appeared to show Terry Thompson using a chokehold and lying on top of Hernandez while Chauna Thompson held down one of Hernandez's arms. Attorneys for the Hernandez family are expected to speak after the 10 a.m. hearing. Click2Houston.com has planned to offer a livestream of the event. Stay with KPRC 2 and Click2Houston.com for the latest on this developing story. Download the Click2Houston news app in your app store to stay up-to-date with the latest news while you're on the go. Sign up for KPRC 2 newsletters to get breaking news, sports, entertainment, contests and more delivered straight to your email inbox.
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Rape victim sues city of Houston over backlog of untested rape kits

A rape victim is filing a class-action lawsuit against the city of Houston over a backlog of untested rape kits. The woman claims the city did not test thousands of rape kits, and she said if the kits had been tested, her assault, and others, could have been prevented. "The City of Houston, for years and years, refused to process rape kits. Rape kits which would have caught serial rapists," said attorney Randall Kallinen. The plaintiff wants a jury trial and she is asking that the city of Houston implement procedures to speed up the testing of evidence kits. She also wants to hold a number of former and current mayors and police chiefs accountable. A federal civil rights class-action lawsuit filed at the Bob Casey U.S. Courthouse in downtown Houston will be announced Tuesday at City Hall. It targets a host of past and present Houston city leaders. The case involves 53-year-old convicted child rapist David Lee Cooper -- whose criminal record dates back to the 1980s -- including aggravated robbery, kidnapping, unlawful restraint and sexual assault of a child, for which he is now serving life in prison. The plaintiff in the lawsuit said cooper's DNA was in several of the untested rape kits involving other alleged victims and said if those kits had been tested -- she believes police could've arrested Cooper before he assaulted her. The victim -- Dejenay Beckwith -- in a statement to KPRC said, "I want Houston to implement procedures for prompt processing of sexual assault evidence kits so that others do not have to needlessly endure what I did." "Too long the police department and the City of Houston lied to these women and discriminated against them by not testing their rape kits," said attorney Charles Peckham. The Houston Forensic Science Center -- which conducts forensic testing for the city -- said that while they cannot comment on the lawsuit, they are "keenly aware of the importance of processing sexual assault evidence in a timely manner. Since taking over management of the Houston Police Department's forensic operations in 2014, HFSC has eliminated legacy and incoming backlogs of sexual assault evidence." The list of defendants includes Houston Mayor Sylvester Turner, Police Chief Art Acevedo and several former mayors -- including Annise Parker, Bill White, and the estate of the late mayor Bob Lanier. Also listed as defendants are six former police chiefs.  
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Florida trooper accused of showing porn to child

A Florida Highway Patrol trooper was arrested Saturday in Lake County on sex-related charges involving a child. The victim told police that in November 2016, Trooper Chad Corriveau showed her pornography on his cellphone, the affidavit said. The next month, the victim told police that Corriveau complained about his lack of sexual relations and that she was then sexually assaulted by him, police said. According to the report, Corriveau told the victim not to tell anyone. The victim also told deputies that "she was afraid for her safety" and that the defendant was short-tempered, deputies said. Corriveau has been placed on paid administrative leave after his arrest, the FHP said. Additionally, officials with the Lake County Sheriff's Office said Deputy Seth Luppino has also been placed on paid administrative leave because he knew of the abuse and did not report it for almost two weeks, as required by the state. Florida Highway Patrol sent News 6 a statement about Corriveau's arrest. "The Florida Highway Patrol takes these matters very seriously and has placed the trooper on administrative leave pending the criminal investigation by the Lake County Sheriff's Office. Additionally, a thorough administrative investigation is being conducted simultaneously regarding the allegations and the actions of the trooper, and appropriate disciplinary action will be immediately taken based on the outcome of the investigation," agency officials said. Corriveau was arrested on several sex-related charges, including showing obscene material to a minor.
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Former officer accused of stealing $2,400 from dead man indicted on theft charges

A former police officer was indicted for felony theft Wednesday. Linnard Crouch, 41, turned himself in to the Galveston County Sheriff's Office at about 3:15 p.m. A former Texas City Police Department officer, Crouch is accused of stealing more than $2,400 worth of Christmas money from James Mabe, who authorities said was dying or had just died while driving home near 4000 Loop 197. The crime, recorded on a body camera, happened days before Christmas in 2016. "Unfortunately, I have seen all too many times officers who take advantage of situations," said civil rights lawyer and the Mabe family lawyer Randall L. Kallinen.
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Brookshire mayor under scrutiny after turning himself in

The mayor of Brookshire surrendered after a warrant for his arrest was issued late last week, Channel 2 Investigates has learned. Eric Scott, mayor of the small town of approximately 5,500 people, was released on a personal recognizance bond, according to a law enforcement source. According to multiple sources, Scott got into an altercation with a member of the Brookshire Police Department during the storm. He was barred from entering an emergency operations area at the Police Department after disagreements with other city leaders about how to handle preparations for the storm, according to a city government source. Brookshire City Council is slated to take up the matter later this week. "Because I sit on City Council and we have an executive session on this Thursday, and I may have to vote, I would probably not like to comment at this time," councilmember, Kim Branch, said. Critics of the mayor said Monday, he did not take adequate steps to prepare the city for the impact of Hurricane/Tropical Storm Harvey. "The first thing he said was the storm wasn't coming. He had no evacuation plan and he had no shelter in place," the Rev. Lee Jones, said. Mayor Scott already is already involved in another pending criminal investigation regarding a door-slamming incident when the city secretary was injured, according to a law enforcement source.  
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HPD officer involved in SE Houston crash, police say

A Houston Police Department officer was hospitalized Monday night after being involved in a crash in southeast Houston, police said. The crash happened at 9:04 p.m. near Cullen Boulevard and Pederson Road. Police said the officer was taken to Memorial Hermann Hospital with minor injuries. It is unknown what caused the crash or how many vehicles were involved.  
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HPD officers involved in 2-vehicle crash in SE Houston

Two Houston Police Department officers were involved in a two-vehicle crash Sunday night in southeast Houston, police said. The crash was reported at 6:58 p.m. in the 800 block of S. Wayside Drive. Police said the officers were taken to a hospital. It is unknown what caused the crash.  
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Man shot to death by La Porte officer after refusing to drop shotgun

A man was killed by La Porte police Aug. 28 after pointing a shotgun at officers, authorities said. Just before midnight, police responded to reports of a disturbance between neighbors in the 3800 block of Barracuda Lane. When officers arrived, a man was seen reloading a shotgun through a window, according to authorities. The man then opened the door and pointed the gun at officers, authorities said. Officers repeatedly asked the man to drop the gun, but he continued to point it in the officers' direction, according to authorities. A La Porte officer shot and killed the man.  
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Former Galveston ISD teacher accused of having sex with high school student

A former Galveston Independent School District teacher is facing sexual assault and improper relationship between educator and student charges after investigators said he was involved in a relationship with a 16-year-old student at Galveston Ball High School. Eliezer Marquez, 27, is accused of having a sexual relationship with a student he met through a family member who was a mutual acquaintance during the spring semester of the 2016-2017 school year, according to authorities. After meeting the student outside of school, Marquez and the student began meeting with the girl at school and communicating outside of school via text messages, authorities said. During one of the meetings in Marquez's classroom, the student said they kissed and he put his hand up her skirt, according to investigators. In June, after the school year was over, Marquez picked the student up from a volunteering event at UTMB and drove her to a secluded section of East Beach and they had sex, investigators said. Nude photos were found on both of their phones, authorities said. Marquez resigned from GISD before the warrant for his arrest was issued. His bond was set at $40,000. Here is a statement from Galveston ISD: "Galveston ISD school officials immediately placed a GISD employee on administrative leave upon learning of alleged inappropriate contact with a Galveston Ball HS student. The employee has resigned and the alleged conduct continues to be under investigation. According to Chief Amador, Galveston ISD Police Department, on August 23, 2017, warrants of arrests were obtained by the Galveston Police Department on charges of Sexual Assault of a Child and Improper Relationship between Educator/Student, two 2nd Degree Felonies with a total bond of $40,000. "Galveston ISD takes this matter very seriously, and we are deeply concerned that it appears something of this nature has happened at one of our schools and to one of our students. "Galveston ISD and the Galveston Police Department continually work closely together to maintain a safe and secure environment for all our students."  
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Galveston deputy accused of assaulting girlfriend, investigators say

A 32-year-old Galveston County Sheriff's Deputy was arrested for assaulting his 22-year-old girlfriend on Tuesday, according to investigators. Fred Boas and his girlfriend got into an argument at Boas' apartment in the 200 block of Market Street on Aug. 19 around 2 a.m., authorities said. During the argument, Boas pushed his girlfriend, causing her to fall over a bed, according to authorities. Boas also aggressively picked her up off the floor by her wrist, authorities said. The woman sustained bruises and injuries consistent with the actions, investigators said. The woman also allowed investigators to listen to an audio recording of a conversation with Boas after the assault took place. Boas apologized for assaulting her in the recording, according to investigators. Boas has been charged with assault causing bodily injury - family violence. His bond was set at $7,500. He was taken to the Galveston County Jail.
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Former HPD officer among those arrested in prostitution sting

A former Houston police officer and more than 250 sex buyers and traffickers were arrested on prostitution charges during a monthlong sting by the Houston Police Department and the Harris County Sheriff's Office. A national coalition of law enforcement agencies called the National Johns Suppression Initiative made over 1,000 arrests between June 28 and July 31. Law enforcement agencies in 17 states took part in the operation. According to court documents, Darrin Thomas, a former HPD officer, was charged with prostitution. Thomas has been charged in the past for theft in 2010, according to court records. Harris County deputies arrested 161 sex buyers and HPD officers arrested 88 sex buyers and nine sex traffickers. "Our aim is for Harris County and Houston to shed the dubious distinction as America's sex trafficking capital," Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez said. "By focusing our efforts on sex buyers who are seeking to take advantage of sex trafficking victims, we are putting these predators on notice that our community won't tolerate their behavior." The annual operation is coordinated by the Cook County Sheriff's Office in Illinois. PHOTOS: 250+ sex buyers, traffickers arrested on prostitution charges during sting The Harris County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit operated the sting with the cooperation of eight area hotels. They made a handful of significant arrests: A man in possession of 60 grams of hydrocodone and $4,360 cash, which was submitted for possible seizure. A man who was previously arrested for prostitution by the Vice Unit in January. A convicted sex offender. A man in possession of $6,722, which was submitted for possible seizure. Two suspects with handguns in their vehicles. "I want to commend the Harris County Sheriff's Office Vice Unit for their tireless work to make our community safer for our most vulnerable residents," Gonzalez said. "We will continue to vigorously pursue sex buyers so that they never feel comfortable paying for sex in Harris County." The Houston Area Women's Center is deep in the trenches in the fight to stop sex trafficking in Houston. The center provides support services to victims and survivors. "It's happening right in our backyard. It's so important to address this issue. Those numbers are astonishing and it's so important that we still come together to try and help reduce those numbers. It is our responsibility as a community to respond as well," said Celinda Guerra of the Houston Area Women's Center.  
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Police: Chase that began in Houston ends with fatal crash in Stafford

A police chase in southwest Houston on Thursday ended in a fatal crash in Stafford, according to authorities. Houston police said the chase began in the 11000 block of South Sam Houston Parkway and ended in the 10200 block of West Airport Road. Police said the chase ended when the vehicle that was being pursued flipped, throwing a person from the vehicle.  
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HPD officer relieved of duty after DWI charge, officials say

A Houston Police Department officer has been relieved of duty after being charged with DWI Tuesday. Stacey Ann Suro, 47, was relieved of duty with pay pending the outcome of an investigation, according to authorities. Suro was previously demoted from sergeant to officer after she was caught posting photos, some nude, on a website.
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DNA evidence in 19-year-old case found in former Houston Forensic Science employee’s office

DNA evidence in a 19-year-old sexual assault case was found Wednesday in the Houston Forensic Science Center.

Officials with the HFSC said it was found in a former staff member's office.

Officials said the employee analyzed the evidence in 2005. The evidence included bloodstained cards, biological material and DNA extracts.

The evidence is connected to the sexual assault of a nursing home resident.

An employee at the nursing home pleaded guilty to the crime.

According to the HFSC, no other evidence has been found in the former staff member's office.

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‘I feel like I was raped,’ woman says of invasive roadside strip search

A woman suing the Harris County Sheriff's Office over a roadside strip search says newly-released dashcam video will prove her case. The dashcam video was recorded two years ago, but Charnesia Corley said she still feels the pain of what happened that night. She said Harris County deputies pulled her over in northwest Harris County for running a red light, but when the officer approached her car he said he smelled marijuana, according to Corley. Corley was handcuffed as a female officer patted her down and then removed her pants and began what she called an invasive and humiliating strip search. "She tells me, 'Just bend over.' I hesitate ... She shines light on me ... She proceeds to stick her fingers toward my vaginal area ... I immediately pop up (and say), 'Ma'am what are you doing?'" Corley said. The dashcam video showed her on the ground naked from the waist down with her legs pinned for nearly 11 minutes while two female deputies search her. "She grabs me by handcuffs, slams me on the ground, puts her knee in my back ... shoves her fingers up inside of me," Corley said. Corley was charged with possession of marijuana and resisting arrest, but the district attorney later dropped the charges. WATCH: Harris County deputies' roadside strip-search Under District Attorney Devon Anderson, the two officers were indicted by a grand jury for official oppression, but last week the DA's office now led by Kim Ogg announced they'd taken the case to a second grand jury, which no-billed the deputies, and the charges were dismissed. "We discovered new, and significant, evidence that we believed had to be presented to grand jury," Natasha Sinclair, with the Harris County District Attorney's Office, said. The DA's office wouldn't say what the new evidence was, citing the secrecy of grand jury proceedings. "There's been no new evidence related to any material fact in the case. Ms. Corley's story has been consistent and the same throughout," Sam Cammack, Corley's attorney, said. Cammack said the only evidence that matters is the dashcam recording. "They claim they found something ... But it doesn't matter at the end of the day what they found, because what they did to find it was illegal," Cammack said. "They're supposed to protect you. They're supposed to keep you safe, not rape you. That's how I feel. I feel like I was raped," Corely said. In a statement Monday evening, Harris County Sheriff' Ed Gonzalez said: "I understand and respect the community's concerns regarding the parking lot search of a female suspect during a June 2015 traffic stop. I want to be emphatically clear that today's Harris County Sheriff's Office is fully committed to ensuring that every resident of our community is treated with dignity and respect, even if they are suspected of committing a crime. We hold the public's trust as sacred, and we will always strive to be worthy of that trust. "Harris County Sheriff's Office policy prohibits deputies from conducting strip searches without a warrant. In cases in which a warrant is obtained, strip searches must be conducted in a private, sanitary, and appropriate facility. "Criminal charges are no longer pending against two of the deputies involved in this case. Deputy W. Strong, who did not actively participate in the search of the suspect in this case, will be allowed to return to patrol duties. Deputy R. Pierre, who initiated the search, will remain in her current assignment within the Communications and Technology Bureau." Corley filed a federal civil rights lawsuit that is set to go to trial in January.
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Humble ISD police officer accused of child-porn possession faces judge

An Humble Independent School District police officer accused of having thousands of images of child pornography faced a judge Monday. Authorities made the discovery after 48-year-old Jeffrey Clark interviewed for a job as a Harris County Precinct 4 deputy. In court, the judge went over Clark's bond conditions. He is prohibited from having internet access or using smartphones. He also can't have any contact with children.
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4 officers taken to hospital after 2 patrol units run into each other, police say

Four Houston Police Department officers were taken to the hospital after a crash Friday, according to authorities. Two patrol units were en route to a call when they ran into each other, police said. There were two officers in each vehicle. No other vehicles were involved in the crash, authorities said. The condition of the officers is not known at this time.
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Officer let drunk driver convicted of killing Pearland officer go free after other crash, woman says

The Houston Police Department has launched an internal affairs investigation into an officer accused of letting Amber Willemsen go free after reports that she may have been driving drunk and caused a hit-and-run crash in June 2015. Willemsen is the woman who was sentenced to 32 years in prison for driving drunk and killing Pearland police Officer Endy Ekpanya in June 2016. Willemsen received her sentence Thursday. The woman who said Willemsen hit her car in 2015 and then took off, spoke exclusively to KPRC. "I was coming home from work. I was driving on 290 and all of a sudden, I just got hit out of nowhere and hit again," Carmen Waldron said. "She did drive off." Waldron said she made an exit off the highway and found Amber Willemsen's car stopped on the road and recognized it as the car that hit her. According to Waldron, Willemsen was driving drunk. "I pulled over and asked her if she was OK and she was like, 'No, I'm not,'" said Waldron. "She's like, 'I hit somebody!' and I said, 'Yeah, it was me. I just found you and want to make sure you're OK.' And she said, 'Don't call the police!' and I said, 'I have to.'" According to a police report, an officer came to the scene. It does not appear as though the officer gave Willemsen a field-sobriety test. "He did put her in cuffs for like 10 minutes then he took her out of cuffs," Waldron said. "I said, 'Are you taking her to jail? Is she going to jail or something?' He said, 'She's not drunk enough to go to jail, she's not drunk enough to test her. I'm just going to give her a ride home and she's getting a lot of tickets.' That's what I was told." Waldron told Channel 2 she did not want to become confrontational with the police officer. "She seemed really drunk and I know because I was coming from my job as a bartender. When you get TABC certified, you learn to tell when people are drunk, when they've been drinking," Waldron said. "As soon as you opened the door, you could smell it." During Willemsen's trial, the prosecutor addressed testimony in court that the HPD officer in the 2015 hit-and-run case had instead taken Willemsen to a restaurant to "sober up." "If in fact an officer did that, it's very disappointing." said Houston police Chief Art Acevedo. "It's an open investigation. That's all I can say about it."
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