Houston Police Dept. officer Abraham Joseph convicted in Rape of waitress

Harris County Police Officer Abraham Joseph was convicted of two counts of aggravated sexual assault for raping a cantina waitress while on duty.

  • Former Houston Police Dept. officer Abraham Joseph with his attroney Nicole DeBorde in court during his sexual assault trial   Tuesday, Sept. 4, 2012, at the Harris County Criminal Courthouse. He is accused of kidnapping a waitress from outside a restaurant, driving her to an unlighted area and raping her on the trunk of his police car.  ( Melissa Phillip / Houston Chronicle ) Photo: Melissa Phillip / © 2012 Houston Chronicle

The 37 year old waitress had testified that Joseph detained her at 3 a.m. outside the cantina where she worked, he then put her in his patrol car and took her to a dark park where he proceeded to raped her while she was handcuffed. She stated that Joseph assaulted her on the trunk of his police cruiser. Four other women also testified saying that Joseph attacked them over a four-month period between 2010 and 2011.

All of these women worked at nightclubs in the southwest Houston neighborhood Joseph had patrolled, and all resided in the U.S. illegally.

Joseph’s defence attorney Nicole DeBorde,requested that he receive community supervision for this rape, this was denied. She had insisted from the beginning that Joseph’s sexual encounter with his accuser was consensual but the jury probably felt the lady being arrested, handcuffed and then raped while he was on duty, was a sign that it was not.

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