Nacogdoches PD files 4th sexual assault charge on state agency phlebotomist

Nacogdoches PD files 4th sexual assault charge on state agency phlebotomist

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A fourth alleged sexual assault victim has come forward in the case of a Texas Health and Human Services phlebotomist who is accused of luring women to the state agency's Nacogdoches office and sexually assaulting them under the pretense of performing an "examination" on them.

Adolfo Duran, 42, of Lufkin, is still being held in the Nacogdoches County jail on four second-degree felony sexual assault charges. Collectively, his bail amount has been set at $350,000 for the three most recent charges.

After Duran was arrested on the first charge, he posted bail and was released from the county jail.

According to the arrest affidavit East Texas News obtained Tuesday, a Nacogdoches PD officer spoke to a woman on March 3, and she alleged that Duran sexually assaulted her at the Health and Human Services office on July 15, 2016. The woman told the NPD officer that she decided to come forward after she saw a news story about Duran's previous arrest.

The alleged victim told the Nacogdoches Police Department that Duran contacted her in July of 2016 to set up an appointment on July 15, 2016, for Duran to perform an examination on her. The woman provided the officer with text messages between herself and Duran on July 15, 2016, that showed he postponed the appointment until after 5 p.m., the affidavit stated.

Duran met with the woman and her boyfriend at the Nacogdoches Health and Human Services after hours, the affidavit stated. During the bogus physical exam that he had no authority to perform, Duran allegedly sexually assaulted the woman by touching her private areas.

The victim also told the Nacogdoches PD officer that Duran obtained a blood sample from her during the examination, the affidavit stated.

"NPD staff later learned that [the alleged victim's] name could not be found in the Health and Human Services database, nor had her blood specimen been sent to the laboratory," the affidavit stated.

The affidavit stated that phone records backed up the woman's statement that she met Duran at the state agency's Nacogdoches office after hours on July 15, 2016.

The arrest affidavit for the fourth sexual assault charge filed against Duran was obtained on April 12.

"It's shocking to hear that about them. You know, with what their family is going through. Because they're like an American dream family. They're working their yards together. They work and anything and they mind their own business," said Brittany Richards, a neighbor.

Duran allegedly sexually assaulted the other three victims via similar circumstances. The arrest affidavits for the previous charges stated that he convinced women to come to the Nacogdoches Health and Human Services office after hours, so he could perform examinations on them. Duran told the women to get undressed, and during the course of the bogus exams he had no authority to perform, he sexually assaulted them by touching their private areas, the affidavits stated.

Although Richards is shocked, she said the more victims step forward "you never really know what happened" and continues to rely on police investigations.

The arrest affidavits for the other three sexual assault charges that have been filed against Duran stated that the three women were sexually assaulted at the Nacogdoches Health and Human Services Office in September of 2016, November of 2016, and last February.

During one of the alleged sexual assaults, the victim texted her sister, who was waiting for her outside, and said that the examination made her feel uncomfortable, one of the arrest affidavits stated.

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.

East Texas News ran a story about the sexual assault allegations against Duran on March 3. The second alleged victim came forward after seeing the first report, and 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 there 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 out, several comments were posted on social media that could 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."

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