HPD's James Rodriguez: How To Rape A Woman In Custody
James A. Rodriguez wasn't a Houston Police officer for long, but he made the most of it while he was.
Unfortunately for him, the "most" he made was raping women in custody. At least once, maybe twice.
And now he's being sued over it. As is the city.
According to the federal lawsuit, Rodriguez, who quit the force in the wake of the incident two years ago, has been convicted and is awaiting sentencing for sexual assault.
The woman's suit details what went on that September 2008 night.
The woman had left a Richmond Avenue pub and gotten into a traffic accident, the suit says. A cop told her she had a warrant for an outstanding ticket and would be taken downtown.
She was handcuffed, with her hands in the front, and put in Rodriguez's squad car.
"They continued to travel toward the jail until Rodriguez announced that he needed to change the handcuffs" so that her hands would be behind her, the suit says. "He pulled over in a secluded area that was not well lit, parked the car, got out, opened Plaintiff's door, reached across her body, unfastened her seatbelt, ran his fingers down her left breast and told her she was very beautiful. When she flinched, he said he was trying to fix her shirt."
The armed cop then took her to the back trunk of the car and bent her over it for, he said, a "pat down."
"Rodriguez ran his hands over Plaintiff's breasts, down her hips to her jeans. Frozen by fear, Plaintiff remained still," the suit says.
He then grabbed her jeans and pulled them down, pressed her face onto the back of the car "and sexually assaulted Plaintiff without her consent as she cried."
He then put her back in the car and told her no one would believe her if she reported it.
The suit said it took "multiple, ignored pleas for help" at the jail before she was taken to a hospital for a sexual assault examination.
She is suing Rodriguez and the city of Houston.
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