Former Houston Cop Faces Civil Rights Suit in Sex Attack


The Houston Chronicle reports on the case of a woman who was coerced into having sex with Police Officer William T. Archer II after he pulled her over for a traffic stop. The incident is the basis of a federal civil rights lawsuit against the officer and the city of Houston, alleging that Archer raped the woman and that the Houston Police Department allowed a sexual predator to patrol the streets.

Archer, 35, pleaded guilty last year to improper sexual activity with a person in custody, a felony. Under deferred adjudication, he was sentenced to five years’ community supervision in February. Deferred adjudication is a form of probation in which defendants avoid conviction if they complete the terms. When the sex crime happened, Archer had been on the force almost six years. Until that Friday morning in July 2006, he had a spotless complaint history.


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