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Lawyer apologizes after body cam footage contradicts Texas woman’s claim trooper sexually assaulted her

May 26, 2018  |  Posted by: Francesca Falzarano
Lawyer apologizes after body cam footage contradicts Texas woman’s claim trooper sexually assaulted her

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Body cam footage contradicts allegations of sexual assault against Texas trooper made by Sherita Dixon-Cole

The attorney for Sherita Dixon-Cole, the Texas woman who alleged that a state trooper sexually assaulted her during a traffic stop apologized Wednesday on behalf of his client, saying that recently released body cam footage did not verify her allegations.

Lee Merritt released a statement indicating the evidence “conflicts with the accounts reported to my office” by Dixon-Cole. The woman claimed that Officer Daniel Hubbard assaulted during a stop last weekend, ABC13 reports.

Dixon-Cole alleged that after she failed a sobriety test, Hubbard had “suggested she can return home in exchange for sexual favors,” according to Merritt’s initial news release. Dixon-Cole said that after she declined, she was brought to Hubbard’s patrol vehicle where she was “forcefully groped, fondled and penetrated during a prolonged arrest.”

She proceeded to say Hubbard continued his advances on the way to the police station, even maintaining that he offered to bring her to a remote area where she could provide sexual favors and get released from custody.

Sherita Dixon-Cole pictured above

The Texas Department of Public Safety immediately rejected those accusations on Sunday.

“Upon learning of the allegations, the department took action to review the dash cam. The video shows no evidence to support the serious accusations against the Trooper during the DWI arrest of the suspect,” the department announced in a statement.

Close to two hours of body cam video was published just before midnight Tuesday. The department added that it was “appalled anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who risks his life every day to protect and serve the public.”

An apology was published by Merritt’s office shortly after the footage surfaced.

“Officer Daniel Hubbard seems to comport himself professionally during the traffic stop and arrest — without more— should be cleared of any wrongdoing,” he stated.

“It is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused and I am sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused Officer Hubbard and his family. I take responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern.”

Merritt, a civil rights lawyer, also said that the evidence released by the DPS showed no indications of “tampering.”

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