Texas Capitol employees shocked allegations doubtless fabricated to cowl up infidelity, a DPS report stated | KWKT

AUSTIN (KXAN) – The Texas Department of Public Security reveals details behind 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 occurred, the DPS investigation file behind the claim is being released – and the details include a web of missing memories, disparate reminders, and COVID-19 vaccinations.

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KXAN does not name the people 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, Employee No. 1 said she was [Staffer #1] and another female employee [Staffer #2] dated lobbyists from HillCo Partners to the Austin Club downtown. Employee No. 1 says after being served drinks that she and Employee No. 2 did not order, she (Employee No. 1) began to feel intoxicated and eventually passed out.

Agent # 1 told police that she believed that one of the lobbyists – or the club’s bartender working with the lobbyists – drugged her and Agent # 2’s drinks. She reported that she came home with the help of another colleague and woke up seriously ill the next morning, believing she had been drugged. However, the hospital she allegedly went to did not have the opportunity to test for these drugs.

According to the investigation, medical staff told Agent # 1 that if the drug had been slipped on her, her signs would indicate an overdose. Investigators cite that parts of the victim’s story were contradicting itself and that “many, if not all” of their reports over the night were reconstructed by others.

When Employee # 1 contacted her colleague, she claimed that Employee # 2 said she had gone to the hospital and tested positive for gamma-hydroxybutyrate (GHB), a drug used to treat rape. During the investigation, however, a nurse manager from Emergency Center Employee No. 2 went to investigators saying she could not have tested positive for GHB because they did not test for it there. Employee # 2’s friend also told investigators that 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, Staff # 2 said she had been drugged, but elsewhere she allegedly contradicted “most” information from Staff # 1 – including the statement that they went to the hospital together. The interviewer also says he discovered that she was trying to allude to the lobbyist’s bad reputation. The interviewer said he ultimately found Employee # 2 to be “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 put into it and that she had previously had no relationship with the lobbyists.

In addition, investigators say surveillance footage from a parking garage did not suggest any abnormal behavior by any of the women. Witnesses to the events of the night also said that nothing suspicious appeared about the night.

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What came to light, investigators say, was that Staffer # 2 went home with a male colleague and stayed overnight. She says she woke up and fully clothed No Sexual assault of any kind has 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 Staff # 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 asked the male colleague, the man also gave a surprising answer as to whether he and employee no. He said he had been tricked into believing that their previous relationship was “over”.

Employee # 1 retracted all allegations, allegedly saying, “I feel like her [Staffer #2] has come up with a story … there is a guy suffering like her [Staffer #2] doesn’t feel guilty about it, I have no idea … I was still a victim in it and I still feel sorry for this man, my heart breaks for him and his family and making up a story like that and let that happen … I don’t think so that I would have submitted something if I had known from the start that it was not what I thought. “

Agent # 1 then told the investigator that she didn’t think there was any reason to continue the investigation.

The investigation found that Employee No. 2 went home with the male colleague and the two had consensual sex – which investigators prove with digital evidence when Employee No. 2 texted No. 1 the next morning asking for help a “cover story” asked.

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Symptoms of a Covid-19 vaccination?

During the investigation, it was found that both Employee # 1 and Employee # 2 had received their first doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine.

Investigators then said that both employees consumed at least two mixed drinks, including three vodka shots. This would have happened in a three-hour window. Investigators say Employee # 1 is 5’0 “tall and weighs 120 pounds, which would have made it easy for her to get very drunk.

According to reports, Staff # 2 also texted, “Do you think you drank the vaccine for us?”

The male colleague told investigators that employee # 2 also attributed her condition the next morning to mixing alcohol with taking a vaccine. “She never assumed anything to make me think something shameful was going on,” he said.

Investigators and health care professionals who were consulted say none of the symptoms described by Agent # 1 are compatible with a rape drug.

While there isn’t a standard recommendation on whether you should drink alcohol after getting a COVID-19 vaccine, medical professionals say if you develop symptoms from the COVID-19 vaccine, it could make poisoning or a hangover even more extreme.

The lobbyist answers

The 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 employees drank a lot and quickly at the bar and “finished a round every 10-12 minutes”. He also said that he noticed during the night that Co-worker No. 2 and male colleague were “very comfortable” with each other, and saw the man give her a “kiss” on her forehead and cheek.

Dennis said, given how well the two seemed together, he saw no problem with the male colleague helping bring Staffer # 2 home. He said that although everyone, including himself, was drunk that night, he saw no worrying behavior. Investigators say Dennis’ accounts and receipts from that night confirm other accumulated media evidence.

Texas DPS and the Travis County District Attorney’s Office released Jan. Together we have come to the conclusion that there is insufficient 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 want their client’s name published to show that he has not been charged with a crime.

“The Department of Public Security’s official crime report makes it clear that Rick Dennis was falsely charged by a Texas Capitol employee who lied to DPS investigators. This Capitol employee’s plan to deliberately mislead law enforcement agencies is clearly in line with the Texas Penal Code fraud, ”her statement read in part.

In addition, the attorneys asked the Travis County Attorney’s Office to approve their joint statement dated Jan.

After declaring that no crime had occurred, the original joint statement by DA and DPS said in part: “Recent events have intensified the discussion in our community that women should have the right to feel safe at all times. We are committed to continuing this conversation with the firm belief that women should be safe at home, at work and in any other place they are. “

“This discussion had no place in the press release and was 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 if no investigation is opened into the alleged lies of the staff to law enforcement, it will demean those movements.

“Failing to protect everyone – is a threat to everyone,” they said.

Other allegations

Although DPS determined that no crime had occurred in the incident, Julie Young, who is the director of the House Committee on Juvenile Justice and Family Affairs, made a statement about Dennis, accusing him of sexual harassment in 2015.

“Let me be absolutely clear – Mr. Dennis was a predator to the staff during his time in Rep. Tan Parker’s office and was also a predator during his time at HillCo,” the statement said.

“Any call of concern for him falls on deaf ears with 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 excuse him and fire the employees who have suffered, ”the statement said.

In response, Dennis’s lawyers called the allegations “false, defamatory, hearsay testimony – of improper and allegedly inappropriate comments from his past” and a ploy to “justify the story that he somehow deserves it.”

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