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Harris County sergeant assaulted and sexually assaulted by inmate, sheriff’s office says

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HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) – A female sergeant remains hospitalized after being beaten and sexually assaulted in her Harris County Jail office Monday afternoon.

According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, this happened at 2 p.m. in the Harris County Jail at 1200 Baker Street. The sergeant said he was assaulted by a 27-year-old inmate, according to the sheriff’s office.

She attended the prison clinic and was then taken to hospital for additional medical care and support services.

“We took one of our employee reps down to the hospital and he said it was the worst beating he had ever seen in a 46-year career,” said David Cuevas, president of Harris County Deputies’ Organization. “It shook our agency deeply.”

Cuevas asks the audience to pray for the officer’s recovery.

ABC13 sources identified the suspect as Jeremiah Williams, 27, who was already in Harris County Jail for sexual assault and attempted sexual assault in two attacks on September 8, 2020. The attacks continued produced minutes apart at a Harris County park to the west.

In an attack, MPs said Williams punched a 45-year-old jogger in the face and body before sexually assaulting her. Minutes later, Williams allegedly ran behind a 27-year-old jogger and tackled her to the ground. She was able to escape.

SEE ALSO: Man accused of attacking 2 joggers in western Harris County

“The brutal attack by our teammate in the Sheriff’s Office warrants a thorough and swift investigation,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Uncovering all the relevant facts related to this alleged assault is a top priority as we seek answers and justice. All of our brave employees deserve to feel safe, and we will do everything to protect them. Our team’s immediate goal is to provide a full range of support to our team member. “

Sources told ABC13 that Williams was returning to his cell unescorted when he attacked the victim in his office on the fifth floor. A crime scene unit and detective cars were parked outside the jail for hours.

The sergeant’s violent assault comes a month after Fred Harris, a 19-year-old teenager with special needs, was beaten and stabbed inside the jail. He later died in a hospital. A fellow inmate, Michael Ownby, a man twice the size of Harris, has been charged with murder.

In September, the MP’s organization sued the county alleging dangerous detention conditions and understaffing.

“There aren’t enough people in this prison. I keep saying it. I keep warning them. I keep telling them and they don’t listen,” said David Batton, lawyer for the organization of deputies.
In addition to the criminal investigation, an internal review will be conducted, the sheriff’s office said.

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