Officer found guilty in sex assault trial

Officer Abraham Joseph raped woman he arrested

HOUSTON - A jury reached a guilty verdict Thursday in the trial of a Houston police officer accused of raping a woman.

Abraham Joseph, 29, was found guilty of two counts of aggravated sexual assault.

Police said Joseph kidnapped a waitress outside of El Diamante Nite Club, 3416 W. Fuqua, on Jan. 2, 2011, while he was on duty. Prosecutors said Joseph handcuffed her, drove her to a secluded section of Townwood Park, 3600 Simsbrook, and raped her.

Jurors deliberated Wednesday without reaching a verdict and resumed deliberations Thursday at 9 a.m. The verdict was delivered at about 1:30 p.m. He faces up to life in prison.

Joseph's wife collapsed into tears when the verdict was read.

The victim also cried, but her tears were for relief. She told reporters that she thanked God because justice had been served.

The victim said Joseph was dressed in his uniform and armed when she was kidnapped.

Prosecutors said Joseph originally arrested the woman and a man in in the parking lot of the night club. The woman claims that Joseph dropped the man off on the side of the road, took her to the park and then raped her while she was still handcuffed.

Joseph's attorney claimed the sex was consensual.

Prosecutors said that Joseph has been investigated as a potential suspect in five separate rape cases.

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