In line with the DPS report, drug allegations have been drugged by Texas Capitol staff, seemingly invented to cowl up infidelity
AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Department of Public Security reveals details of its April investigation into allegations by a Capitol employee that she and another colleague were drugged by a lobbyist at an Austin club.
While the investigation ultimately concluded that no crime had taken place, the DPS investigation file behind the claim is being released – and details include a web of missing memories, disparate reminders, and COVID-19 vaccinations.
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KXAN does not name those involved in the investigation as no one has been charged. DPS also did not mention fees for employees.
According to the investigation, on April 1, Staffer # 1 says she [Staffer #1] and another employee [Staffer #2] went to downtown The Austin Club with lobbyists from HillCo Partners. Staffer # 1 says after she and Staffer # 2 were served drinks that she and Staffer # 2 did not order, she (Staffer # 1) felt drunk and eventually went black.
Agent # 1 told police that she believed one of the lobbyists – or the club’s bartender working with the lobbyists – drugged her and Agent # 2’s drinks. She said she made it home with the help of another colleague and woke up extremely sick the next morning, believing she had been drugged. However, the hospital she went to did not have the opportunity to test for these drugs.
According to the investigation, medical staff told Staffer No. 1 that if the drug was withdrawn, her signs would indicate an overdose. Investigators cite parts of the victim’s story as inconsistent and “much, if not all” of her nightly report has been reconstructed by others.
When Staffer # 1 contacted her colleague, she claimed that Staffer # 2 had gone to the hospital and tested positive for gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), an anti-rape drug. However, during the investigation, a nurse manager in the emergency room, Agent # 2, had told investigators that she could not have got a positive GHB test because they weren’t doing a test there. Staffer # 2’s friend also told investigators he drove her to a clinic to have a drug test, where she later texted her saying she tested positive for GHB. Investigators saw a screenshot of this text.
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When interviewed, Staffer # 2 said she was drugged, but elsewhere she reportedly contradicted “most” of the information from Staffer # 1 – including the statement that they went to the hospital together. The interviewer also says he found her trying to point out the lobbyist, who has a bad reputation. The interviewer said he ultimately found Staffer # 2 “very misleading”.
During the investigation, the bartender was interviewed by the Austin Club. While remembering the day and the two women, the bartender told investigators that nothing had been entered and that she had no prior relationship with the lobbyists.
In addition, investigators say surveillance footage from a parking garage showed no abnormal behavior by any of the women. Witnesses to the events of the night also said that nothing about the night appeared to be suspicious.
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Investigators said Staffer # 2 went home with a male colleague and stayed the night. She says she woke up fully clothed, and No Sexual assault allegations of any kind have ever been madeHowever, investigators say she kept trying to stop them from questioning her boyfriend about the incident and they believe that is why.
When investigators notified Staffer # 1 of the conflicting comments from Staffer # 2, Staffer # 1 agreed that the whole thing was likely a cover up from Staffer # 2 – to cover up possible infidelity, investigators write.
When investigators contacted the male colleague, the man also gave a surprising answer as to whether or not he and Staffer # 2 had sexual relations – not just that they had consensual sex, he said the two had been around for about a year been in a relationship month. He said he was convinced that their previous relationship was “over and done with”.
Employee No. 1 countered all allegations and reportedly said, “I feel like her [Staffer #2] has come up with a story … there is a guy suffering right now and like her [Staffer #2] I don’t feel guilty, I have no idea … I was still a victim of this and I still felt bad for this man, my heart breaks for him and his family and making up a story like this and leave that happened … I don’t think I would have submitted anything if I’d known from the start that it wasn’t what I thought it was. “
Employee # 1 then told the investigator that she didn’t think there was any reason to continue the investigation.
The investigation found that Staffer # 2 went home with the male colleague and the two had consensual sex – which, according to investigators, is evidenced by digital evidence when Staffer # 2 texted # 1 the next morning asking for help “A cover story” asked.
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COVID-19 vaccination symptoms?
During the investigation, it was found that both Staffers No. 1 and No. 2 had received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.
Investigators then say that both employees consumed at least two mixed drinks, including three vodka shots. This would have happened in a three hour window. According to investigators, Staffer # 1 is 5’0 ” and weighs 120 pounds, which would have made it easy for her to get very drunk.
Employee # 2 also reportedly wrote # 1 to ask, “Do you think you’ll drink the vaccine for us?”
The male colleague told investigators that Staffer # 2 had also linked her condition to mixing alcohol and a vaccine the next morning. “She never assumed anything shameful was going on,” he said.
The investigators and medical service professionals interviewed stated that none of the symptoms described by Staffer No. 1 matched the anti-rape drug.
While there is no standard recommendation on whether you should drink alcohol after taking a COVID-19 vaccine, medical professionals say that developing symptoms of the COVID-19 vaccine could result in poisoning or a hangover.
The lobbyist answers
Investigators spoke to the lobbyist during the investigation, where he reported on the evening. The lobbyist’s attorneys identified him as Rick Dennis to KXAN on Wednesday.
According to the investigation, Dennis said the two bar employees drank a lot and quickly, and “finished a round every 10-12 minutes”. He also said he noticed all night that Staffer # 2 and Male Colleague were “very comfortable” and saw the man give her a “kiss” on the forehead and cheek.
Dennis said, given how comfortable the two of them were together, he saw no problem with the male colleague helping to bring Staffer # 2 home. He said while everyone, including himself, was drunk that night, he saw no alarming behavior. Investigators say Dennis’ accounts and receipts from that night confirm other accumulated media evidence.
Texas DPS and the Travis District Attorney’s Office released a joint statement on April 29 to conclude the investigation, which the District Attorney said is still valid: “The DPS conducted a thorough investigation into what allegedly drugged a US Capitol employee Had set . Together, we have concluded that there is not enough evidence to support these allegations and that criminal charges are not appropriate. In this case, no crime has occurred. “
Dennis’ attorneys, David and Perry Minton, told KXAN on Wednesday they wanted their client’s name to be published to show that he was not charged with a crime.
“The Department of Public Security’s official crime report makes it clear that Rick Dennis was falsely accused by a Texas Capitol employee of lying to DPS investigators. The intent of this Capitol employee to deliberately deceive law enforcement is clearly in line with elements of the Texas Penal Code False Report, “the statement said in part.
In addition, the attorneys asked the Travis County Attorney’s Office to revise their April 29 joint statement, saying they had cast doubt on Dennis’ innocence by mentioning “women’s problems.”
After declaring that no crime had taken place, the original joint statement by the DA and DPS partially states: “Recent events have intensified the conversation in our community that women should have the right to feel safe at all times. We are determined to continue this conversation with a firm belief that women should be safe at home, at work, and wherever they choose. “
“This discussion had no place in the press release and was, in fact, further misleading as to the facts and the outcome of the investigation,” the attorneys’ statement said.
Dennis’s lawyers say they support movements related to race, gender and religion and that failure to initiate an investigation into the alleged lies of the staff to law enforcement agencies affects those movements.
“It is a threat to everyone not to protect anyone,” they said.
Although DPS found that no crime had occurred in the incident, Julie Young, the House Juvenile Justice & Family Issues Committee director, issued a statement on Dennis, accusing him of sexual harassment in 2015.
“Let me be absolutely clear – Mr. Dennis was a predator to the staff while in the office of Rep. Tan Parker and continued to be during his tenure at HillCo,” the statement said in part.
“Any call of concern for him falls on deaf ears only by those of us in the Capitol community who have been the victims of his abusive and harassing behavior for years. If we continue to ignore his behavior, we will tolerate him and fire the employees who have suffered, ”the statement said.
In response, Dennis’s lawyers called the allegations “false, defamatory, hearsay-related statements – of unexplained and allegedly inappropriate comments from his past” and a ploy to “justify the story that he somehow deserves it.”