Aug 10, 2020
Texas DPS trooper arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting woman he pulled over
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KATY, Texas – A state trooper with the Texas Department of Public Safety was arrested after allegedly sexually assaulting a woman while he was on duty Friday night, DPS officials confirm.
Lee Boykin Jr., 31, is charged with aggravated sexual assault. He’s accused of forcing a woman to perform oral sex on him after a traffic stop, according to multiple reports.
A report from KTRK states that a male driver and his female friend were in a vehicle that was pulling into the parking lot of the Express Inn when Boykin flashed his patrol vehicle lights.
The man was given a warning by Boykin for not using a turn signal when entering the hotel parking lot and the woman, whose identity has not been revealed, was told to get into the passenger side of Boykin’s patrol vehicle, according to court records obtained by KTRK.
Prosecutors allege that Boykin told the woman she had a warrant out for her arrest and drove her to a different parking lot where he forced her to perform oral sex acts, KPRC reported. He then allegedly placed his hand on his firearm and told the woman to run.
Multiple reports say the woman was able to report the incident to Houston Police after running to a nearby fast-food restaurant.
According to court documents obtained by KHOU, Boykin said he initially pulled the vehicle over for not using a turn indicator and claimed that when he ran the woman’s background she had an open warrant for her arrest.
The court documents reveal that Boykin admitted to taking the victim behind a building and asking her to perform a sex act on him but he claims the incident was consensual.
KSAT reached out to DPS officials who sent the following statement regarding the alleged assault:
The Texas Rangers (DPS) assisted the Houston Police Department with a criminal investigation into an incident that occurred on Friday night, August 7, involving an on-duty Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) Trooper, Lee Boykin Jr. The resulting investigative findings supported the arrest and charge of Boykin for the offense of aggravated sexual assault. Boykin was booked into the Harris County Jail.
The department promptly withdrew all of Boykin’s authority as a commissioned officer, ordered him to surrender all department property and initiated the process to terminate his employment.
The Texas Rangers are working closely with the Harris County District Attorney's Office and the Houston Police Department, which is leading this investigation, and we would refer any additional questions to their offices.
Boykin has been employed with the department for approximately four years and was assigned to the Texas Highway Patrol office in Katy.
Boykin was arrested Saturday and booked into Harris County Jail where he was later bonded out, KPRC reported.
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Racist Ad In San Jose City Council Race Pulled; Business Group CEO Placed On Leave
SAN JOSE (CBS SF) — The CEO of the business advocacy group Silicon Valley Organization was placed on administrative leave after the group published a racist campaign ad on its website.
It shows an image of a group of Black men on a street in what appears to be a riot in South Africa accompanied by a graphic reading “Do you really want to sign onto this?”
The campaign ad was part of an attack against San Jose City Council candidate Jake Tonkel, alleging he supports defunding the police.
Silicon Valley Organization said Wednesday the ad was unacceptable and issued an apology, “There is no excuse. The board of directors is moving quickly and effectively to understand how this could have occurred, and to ensure it never happens again.”
“A qualified third-party investigator has been engaged to conduct a top-down investigation to determine how and why such an image was posted,” said SVO Executive Vice President Madison Nguyen in a statement. “Their investigation will explore all levels of the organization starting with leadership and will include inherent cultural issues in the organization that might have contributed to this disgraceful post, along with recommendations for necessary changes.”
“Their whole point was to try and scare people with racist undertones and try to stoke that fear within our community. in order to manipulate the outcome of an election,” said Tonkel.
Tonkel’s opponent, SVO-backed incumbent Dev Davis, immediately denounced the ad and said she was donating the money she received from the group to the local NAACP.
“Our country is in a tumultuous time right now and unfortunately the tone from the federal government has seeped into local elections,” said Davis.
On Wednesday evening, a protest against SVO and the ad was held outside San Jose City Hall. Labor and civil rights groups planned a news conference Thursday to denounce SVO.