A Harris County deputy was working an off-duty job at a popular nightclub in Houston when he offered to help a woman get home. Now, that officer has entered a guilty plea after being accused of attempted sexual assault, according to authorities.
On Feb. 23, 2020, the victim, Shanita Terrell, was visiting a Houston club named The Address because one of her family members worked there. She said she was “not in her usual state of mind” by the end of the night, KPRC reported.
Harris County Sheriff’s Deputy Michael Hines and another deputy, both in HCSO uniforms, allegedly utilized their positions of authority to put Terrell in the front of Hines' patrol car after claiming they would take her home.
Terrell told authorities that she woke up to intense pain the next day and she thought something happened to her sexually, KPRC reported.
She went to the hospital and a rape kit was administered, officials said. The rape kit showed that sexual activity occurred even though Terrell said she didn’t consent to have sex with anyone.
DNA evidence was used to link body fluids to Hines, which led authorities to file charges against him.
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Hines was previously arrested for sexual assault of a child in Sept. 2018, but he was “no-billed” by a Harris County Grand Jury, KPRC reported.
He was also arrested on July 18, 2021, for an assault involving a family member in Harris County. He pleaded guilty in that case last year, officials said.
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