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Harris County sergeant attacked and sexually assaulted by inmate, sheriff’s office says

HARRIS COUNTY, Texas (KTRK) — An investigation is underway into the physical and sexual assault of a female sergeant by a Harris County jail inmate, according to authorities.

The incident happened on Monday, Dec. 6 at 2 p.m. in the Harris County jail on 1200 Baker Street. The sergeant reported being assaulted by a 27-year-old inmate while in an administrative office, according to a release by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office.

The sergeant went to the jail clinic and was later taken to a hospital for further medical care and support services.

ABC13 sources have identified the suspect as 27-year-old Jeremiah Williams. Williams was already in the Harris County jail on charges of sexual assault and attempted sexual assault from two attacks that happened on Sept. 8, 2020. They both happened within minutes of each other at a west Harris County park. In one attack, deputies say Williams punched a 45-year-old jogger in the face and body before sexually assaulting her. Minutes later, Williams allegedly ran up behind a 27-year-old jogger and tackled her to the ground. She was able to escape.

“The brutal attack of our Sheriff’s Office teammate warrants a thorough and swift investigation,” said Harris County Sheriff Ed Gonzalez. “Uncovering all the relevant facts related to this alleged assault is a top priority as we seek answers and justice. All our brave employees deserve to feel safe, and we will do everything to protect them. Our team’s immediate focus is offering a range of full support to our team members.”

The investigation remains in the early stages. In addition to the criminal investigation, an internal review will be conducted, the sheriff’s office said.