NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - An East Texas victim advocate is urging caution on social media as police continue to investigate multiple alleged sexual assault cases against a phlebotomist with Texas Health and Human Services who was arrested by the Nacogdoches Police Department twice in the last week.
Aldofo Duran is facing two sexual assault charges against two alleged victims that told police he forced them into sexual acts.
Duran, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County Jail on a second-degree felony sexual assault charge. No bail amount has been set for the charge yet.
Nacogdoches police officers arrested Duran on the second sexual assault charge Wednesday.
Nacogdoches Police Chief Jim Sevey said the second alleged victim came forward after she learned about the first one. He added that the investigation is still ongoing.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Nacogdoches PD detective took the case over after an officer took a report from the alleged victim on Feb. 26. The woman told the officer that Duran sexually assaulted her at the Texas Department of Health and Human Services office located at 2614 NW Stallings Drive on Nov. 25, 2016, the affidavit stated.
The alleged victim told the NPD officer that she was contacted by Duran on Nov. 23, and he told her that he could examine her on Nov. 25, 2016, which was the day after Thanksgiving and a day that the office was not open, the affidavit stated.
On Nov. 25, the woman and her sister went to the Texas Health and Human Services office in Nacogdoches, and Duran let the victim into the building, the affidavit stated. Once the woman was inside the building, Duran allegedly asked her to get undressed, and she complied.
Duran then sexually assaulted the victim by examining her private areas even though he had no medical authority to do so, the affidavit stated. The woman texted her sister, who was waiting outside in the vehicle, and told her she felt uncomfortable.
When the alleged victim told Duran her sister was waiting outside, he let the other woman inside the building, the affidavit stated.
"After the exam was complete, [the victim], her sister, and Adolfo Duran discussed the results, and [the victim] and her sister left," the affidavit stated.
According to the affidavit, phone records and video surveillance backed up the victim's statement that she met with Duran at the Texas Health and Human Services office on Nov. 25, 2016.
The second alleged victim came forward after seeing the first report. Ashley Cook with Harold's House said it shows that media coverage can help investigations.
"I think helps victims to feel less alone to know their are other people out there that this is happening to, and I don't have to walk through this by myself," Cook said.
After the second report, came several comments were posted on social media that would have been labeled as victim shaming. Cook said there is no place for that.
"We don't want to build a culture of fear and shame around sexual assault, and so whatever you might believe about any particular person's story, it's important in the public especially online with social media to not tear down any person who's talking about an assault because you make it a frightening environment for all victims," Cook said. "Unless you went through an experience yourself, you really don't know. The really important thing is someone else who maybe going through something similar. We may have other rape victims, children and adults in our community, who won't come forward because they are afraid of getting roasted online."
As the investigation continues there are red flags police can't ignore.
"Well by no means do we want to make this sound at all that the victims had any role in their own victimization," said Sgt. Bill Kennedy with the Nacogdoches Police Department. "We do not want to make that statement in any way."
Police say it's common for people not to question authority or a person in a trusted position.
"We never want to make someone automatically not trust contact by some service-oriented business, but we also want people to maintain awareness," Kennedy said.
Duran was arrested on another second-degree felony sexual assault charge last week.
According to an arrest affidavit, an officer met with a woman on Feb. 18. She said she had received a letter on the previous day from the Texas Health and Human Services office which was left at her home. She said she called the contact number and spoke with Duran, who said he needed to meet with her and would be able to do so on Saturday, Feb. 18, at the office in Nacogdoches, located at 2614 NW Stallings Drive.
The woman said she met with Duran at the business, which was closed. She said during the meeting he said he needed to examine her private areas. She said that is when he sexually assaulted her.
Police learned from Duran's supervisor that Duran is a phlebotomist and not authorized to give those kinds of examinations. A phlebotomist is a person who is able to draw blood.
The affidavit for that charge said that when police met with Duran on Feb. 22, he told them he got the woman's personal information from a secure database at the office and then delivered the letter to her home.
He also admitted to arranging a meeting with her when business was closed and to putting his hands on the woman's private areas, even though he had no medical authority to do so, the affidavit stated.
Chris Van Deusen, the director of media relations for the Texas Department of State Health Services, said the agency terminated Duran from his position last week. Van Deusen said the Texas Department of State Health Services will not be conducting an internal investigation and that they will let the police handle it.
Officers with the Nacogdoches Police Department commended the two women for making the difficult choice to come forward. They urged anyone else - a victim, a witness, or anyone who may have information about Adolfo Duran to contact the Nacogdoches Police Department.