Former Harris County deputy in tears after details read of alleged sex assault

(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)
(Source: Sharifa Jackson/WTVM)

HARRIS COUNTY, GA (WTVM) - More witness testimony took place Thursday in the sexual misconduct trial of a former Harris County Sheriff's Deputy.

Thomas Pierson is accused of taking advantage of female drivers he stopped for traffic violations.

One of his alleged victims testified in court admitting to flirting with Pierson to avoid a ticket.

Defense attorneys argue contact between them was consensual.

Dramatic moments in court Thursday as Pierson breaks down in tears during testimony by Harris County Sheriff Mike Jolley.

Jolley was called by Prosecutors and read written statement by Pierson. The letter detailing his accounts of the traffic stop on February 14, 2016.

The woman is accusing Pierson of sexual assault and forcing her to perform oral sex on the side of the road.

Pierson says all interaction was consensual.

In his letter, Pierson describes the woman as willingly wanting to take part in the act, and even emphasizing enjoyment.

Portions of the letter reading,"I said to her, see what you did? She then started fumbling with my zipper and unzipped my pants. I said if you don't want this, you need to stop right now, but she continued on."

According to official guidelines, it is illegal to take part in sexual acts while on duty whether they are consensual, or not.

Testimony was also heard by nearly a dozen other people, including, multiple officers from Harris County and Pike County Sheriff Offices, and friends of one of the victims.

The trial is set to resume Friday morning at 8:30.

Pierson is facing 12 charges including, aggravated sodomy, two counts of sexual assault of a person in custody, sexual battery, false imprisonment, tampering with evidence, four counts of violation of oath by a public officer, and two counts of stalking.

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