Criminal Justice

FBI Investigating Harris County Constables After Female Deputies Allege Sexual Assault

A lawsuit filed in May accuses Constable Alan Rosen, along with Assistant Chief Chris Gore, Lt. Shane Rigdon and Harris County, with being complicit in the alleged sexual assault of female deputies during undercover operations. 

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Jacquelyn Aluotto (center) with two of the three female deputies accusing Harris County law enforcement of sexual misconduct. Taken on May 24, 2021.

The FBI is investigating the Harris County Precinct 1 Constable's Office after four current and former female deputies accused their superiors of sexual assault in a lawsuit filed in May, according to a lawyer representing the women.

Attorney Cordt Akers confirmed Thursday that the women were in “full cooperation with the federal authorities” in order to investigate “the horrible misconduct in the Precinct 1 Human Trafficking Unit.”

“The serious nature of these crimes deserves serious attention, and we are happy that this conduct will no longer go unchecked,” Akers said in a statement.

Three female deputies, along with a female human trafficking advocate, filed the lawsuit in May against Constable Alan Rosen, Assistant Chief Chris Gore, Lt. Shane Rigdon, and Harris County. Another female deputy joined the suit in June with similar allegations.

The lawsuit alleges that the female deputies, who did not have previous training in undercover operations, were chosen to participate in so-called “bachelor party stings” — undercover operations allegedly created by Gore that involved the women posing as sex workers and male deputies posing as buyers.

These operations were allegedly created to combat human trafficking, but quickly became a “booze-fueled playground for sexual exploitation,” where the women were allegedly sexually harassed and assaulted by their colleagues, including Gore and Rigdon, according to the lawsuit.

Court documents say Jacquelyn Aluotto, a female human trafficking advocate who worked with the precinct, was fired one day after she reported the alleged misconduct to the Precinct One Internal Affairs Office.

Constable Rosen, on the other hand, said in a statement in May that the department’s internal affairs unit had already investigated the allegations, “even though no one made a formal complaint.” That investigation found no violations, Rosen said.

“This lawsuit is an effort to impugn the good reputation of the hard-working men and women of the Precinct One Constable's Office,” the statement read.

An FBI spokesperson declined to comment on whether federal investigators were looking into the case. Additionally, Rosen’s office did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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