Jury deliberates fate of Army recruiter accused of rape

HOUSTON Phillip M. McAuly, 34, is charged with sexual assault in connection the August 2009 rape of a woman in north Harris County.

The woman told detectives that a seemingly intoxicated McAuly had arrived at her apartment in the 1700 block of Wayforest Drive with a plastic bag, which he said contained documents the Army needed to complete her sister's enlistment in the military. McAuly returned the papers but then asked to use the restroom.

The woman knew McAuly, so she allowed the plain-clothed Army recruiter into her apartment and showed him to the bathroom, according to an affidavit filed by the Harris County District Attorney's Office. While the woman went inside her bedroom to finish applying her makeup, she said McAuly came in and grabbed her.

The woman told McAuly to stop and started to walk away before he allegedly forced her back into the bedroom and raped her.

The woman went to a hospital the next day and had a rape kit exam. She told detectives that she never invited McAuly to her home nor expressed an interest to have sex with him.

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