Security guard accused of raping woman at bus terminal

Tyler John Duhon, 29, is charged with sexual assault
May 11, 2012 4:09:02 PM PDT
There are shocking allegations of a sexual assault at one of the city's busiest bus stations. A security guard who was in charge of keeping the peace is now accused of rape.

The pregnant bus passenger says she was raped in a back office. The attack took place inside a security office at the Greyhound bus station. Tyler Duhon claims the sex was consensual, but according to court documents, the injuries that the victim sustained to her private parts were not consistent with consensual sex.

"I was on my way to work this morning when I saw him get arrested," Barbara Brown said.

Brown is talking about her neighbor, Tyler Duhon, a commissioned security guard. The 29-year-old security officer is accused of raping a pregnant woman inside the security office at the Greyhound station where he worked. The unidentified woman was about to board a bus to Dallas in April when she got caught with a small amount of marijuana while passing through security and was turned over to Duhon.

According to court documents the woman begged the defendant to let her go, citing she was four months pregnant and had a young child at home. She told him she would do anything if he let her go.

Donna Hawkins with the Harris County District Attorney's Office said, "The defendant indicated he needed to do a strip search of her to look for more drugs, but he did in fact sexually assault her while they were alone."

This allegedly happened in a private security room. Prosecutors say the victim pleaded with Duhon not to touch her. His response, according to court documents, was, "Remember, I did you a favor, now you have to do me a favor. ... At least you can't get pregnant."

Prosecutors say afterwards Duhon let the woman go.

The woman who answered the door at the apartment where Duhon was arrested wouldn't identify herself.

The security company conducted its own investigation and fired him. The issued the following statement to Eyewitness News:

    "Top Gun Security Services on April 30 initiated an internal investigation upon first learning of the allegations against Tyler Duhon. Following our investigation, Mr. Duhon"s employment was immediately terminated.

    Top Gun maintains the highest professional and ethical standards. We have a zero tolerance for any improper employee behavior. It is our strict policy to conduct criminal background checks on all new officers when they are hired. Mr. Duhon's background check came back clean at the time -- he had no prior criminal record. He was given and passed a drug test. And he passed a Texas and FBI background check before they issued him an armed security license.

    We will have no further comment to make about the matter which is under criminal investigation by local law enforcement. Top Gun is fully cooperating with the investigation."
    Management, Top Gun Security Services

Duhon is charged with sexual assault. He no longer works for 'Top Gun' security. Bail has been set at $30,000.

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