Deputy constable accused of sex assault of woman he arrested in NW Harris Co.

HOUSTON (KTRK) -- A deputy constable is suspended, accused of sexually assaulting a woman he pulled over.

It was Thursday, March 19, when investigators drove up to a home in northwest Harris County, and towed away a deputy constable's marked vehicle. At the time, neighbor Jim Alexander thought nothing of it.

"A wrecker came and took it to wherever they were going to take it," he recalled.

What he didn't know is that the Precinct 4 deputy constable is under investigation for allegedly sexually assaulting a woman he arrested.

Constable Ron Hickman explained, "His car was picked up, a search warrant was issued on personal belongings inside that vehicle. He is on leave at this point."

According to a detailed search warrant, the woman was pulled over along the beltway for a traffic stop. The deputy then drove her, in his car, to an area around Plaza Verde and Greens Crossing. That's where she was allegedly sexually assaulted.

The woman says after the assault, the deputy made her clean up and dropped her off at a Walgreens on West Road, and told her to walk home. The woman then called authorities, which lead to the current investigation.

Constable Hickman said, "An employee of our department who's under a cloud of that scrutiny and question is embarrassing for all of us."

Constable Hickman says besides the sexual assault investigation, his own office is investigating the deputy for possibly mishandling drug evidence. And no matter the outcome, Hickman says it's upsetting even more, because the deputy was only hired last year.

"I'm very disappointed, absolutely."

The deputy constable is not being identified, since he has not been charged with a crime at this time.
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