Remember how your mom always told you that if you ever got lost in a crowd, one of those guys in uniform would be happy to help? That turned out to allegedly be a little too true at the Houston Rodeo Cook-off.
Precinct 5 Deputy Constable Tommy Forgue was arrested on Monday and charged with official oppression, a misdemeanor.
Forgue was working in uniform as a security guard at the Houston Rodeo Cook-off on February 22 when he allegedly spotted a 23-year-old woman in need of help, says Harris County District Attorney spokesperson Sara Marie Kinney.
The woman had gotten separated from her family in all the barbecue craziness that is the annual cookoff. Forgue approached the woman and offered her a ride and the use of his cell phone, since her phone was dead.
They were in his vehicle when Forgue turned to the woman and asked her to show him her breasts, Kinney said. She declined the offer, so Forgue allegedly reached over and helped himself, pulling down her top and grabbing her breasts. At that point, afraid this was only the jumping-off point of a sexual assault, she used his phone to text a friend for help.
In this day and age of stored phone numbers, Kinney allowed that most people don't remember phone numbers well enough to be able to send a text in a dire moment like that one, but pointed out there are a few numbers we still know by heart. (True. I can dial my granny and Mytiburger blindfolded.)
The woman found her family and immediately reported the incident to the Houston Police Department. HPD did their own investigation before sending the case over to the DA's public integrity unit, who did their own investigation.
"A lot of people are asking why it took so long to get to this point, but that's why," Kinney said.
Forgue told Houston police he drove the woman in his car and said he told the woman she could be arrested for public intoxication, according to the Houston Chronicle. He told the police he didn't make any sexual advances.
Forgue was arrested by investigators with the Public Integrity Unit on Monday and taken to Harris County Jail. He's on administrative leave from his regular gig as a deputy constable at Precinct 5, according to Captain Leroy Michna. He's out on a $1,000 bond.
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If there are other victims, Kinney urged them to come forward and contact the District Attorney's office.
"If he felt comfortable doing this once, it's possible he did it other times," she said.
If convicted, Forgue faces up to a year in county jail.