Her claims of sexual assault are ‘Despicable, slanderous and FALSE’ – Texas Department of Public Safety
Accused officer’s bodycam video debunks claims by a female motorist that he raped her when he pulled her over for DUI on Sunday in Ellis County, Texas
Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, claimed through a high-profile civil rights lawyer, Lee Merritt that Texas Highway Trooper Daniel Hubbard raped her during a traffic stop Sunday
The story she fabricated was picked up by blogger Shaun King, who quoted Hubbard as telling Dixon-Cole: ‘why don’t you just give me some of that sweet p***y’
Attorney Lee Merritt alleged that the officer groped and vaginally penetrated his client, Sherita Dixon-Cole while in custody
Texas Department of Public Safety on Tuesday released two-hour body camera video, which showed no evidence of misconduct on Hubbard’s part
Dixon-Cole although appearing inebriated, smiled through the process of failing all field sobriety tests
Clearly she did not act threatened, was not in danger nor was she assaulted
Merritt later released a statement apologizing to Hubbard and his family and taking responsibility for amplifying Dixon-Cole’s false claims
Sherita Dixon-Cole, 37, seen in [Still from video] was pulled over by Texas Highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Hubbard in Ellis County on Sunday, May 21 as a routine DUI stop
In the wake of the video’s release, the Texas Department of Public Safety issued a statement on Tuesday that just after 1.30am on Sunday, Texas highway Patrol Trooper Daniel Hubbard saw a 2013 Chevrolet Malibu traveling south on Interstate 35 in Ellis County and pulled the vehicle over for a traffic violation.
The Ellis County District Attorney’s Office has reviewed the full video clocking in at 1 hour, 54 minutes, and signed off on its release to the public via YouTube.
In the footage it can be seen events in the course of the traffic stop, that led to Trooper Hubbard arresting the driver, identified as 37-year-old Sherita Dixon-Cole, of Grapevine, Texas
She seemingly inebriated woman was charged with driving while intoxicated and taken to the Ellis County Jail.
Making the case on Monday, attorney Lee Merritt representing Dixon-Cole said on \that the trooper offered to let his client go during a field sobriety test in exchange for sexual favors.
After the women declined Hubbard’s advances, he groped her and forced something into her vagina, Merritt claimed.
The lawyer called the arrest ‘prolonged’ and said the assault took place inside and outside the police vehicle.
The story was picked up by several news sites including one from New York-based activist and writer Shaun King.
King tweeted about Dixon-Cole’s alleged ordeal: ‘This woman was kidnapped & raped by a Texas State Trooper – OFFICER HUBBARD.’
‘She is now being held hostage in Ellis County Jail.’
That tweet has since been deleted from his page.
King wrote that Dixon-Cole passed field sobriety tests, but Hubbard decided to arrest her anyway because he didn’t like her ‘attitude.
He also alleged that the trooper told Dixon-Cole, ‘why don’t you just give me some of that sweet p***y you have been given [sic] your fiance and then you can go home.’
A handcuffed Dixon-Cole and placed her in Officer Hubbard’s patrol car for the trip to the county jail – nothing improper stands out in to the footage
Dixon-Cole quoted Hubbard goes through her interview without appearing threatened
Dixon-Cole [left], had retained the high-profile Texas civil rights lawyer Lee Merritt [right], who initially claimed that Hubbard groped her and forced something into her vagina. Lee has gone on to publish an apology containing a retraction
Merritt released this statement on Wednesday taking back the false claims and apologizing to officer Hubbard and his family
The allegations made by the complainant through her lawyer, Lee Merritt and the media do not appear to exist in the video. Instead, the bodycam recording shows Dixon-Cole, dressed in a skin-tight, electric-blue two-piece outfit and a red beret, smiling at the arresting officer during the stop and the followup, field sobriety tests.
Ellis County Sheriff’s spokesman Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald said Dixon-Cole was booked into the county jail at 4.58am on Sunday and has been released on bail. Fitzgerald said she was taken to a local hospital after reporting she was assaulted.
The Texas Department of Public Safety pushed back on the woman’s claims of sexual assault and official misconduct, calling her accusations ‘spurious and false.’
DPS officials reviewed body camera footage from the traffic stop and concluded that the video ‘shows absolutely no evidence to support the egregious and unsubstantiated accusations’ against Trooper Hubbard.
‘The Department is appalled that anyone would make such a despicable, slanderous and false accusation against a peace officer who willingly risks his life every day to protect and serve the public,’ the agency’s statement read.
Dixon-Cole [left and right] allegedly, graduated from the University of Texas at Austin and works as a human resources specialist
‘The body camera footage released directly conflicts with the accounts reported to my office,’ he wrote. ‘There is no readily apparent evidence of tampering with the footage.’
Merritt said ‘it is deeply troubling when innocent parties are falsely accused’ and he is truly sorry for any trouble these claims may have caused to Hubbard and his family.
The lawyer stressed that the trooper appeared to have conducted himself professionally during the arrest and should be cleared of any wrongdoing.
‘I take full responsibility for amplifying these claims to the point of national concern,’ Merritt said.
According to her now-disabled LinkedIn profile, Dixon-Cole has a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Texas at Austin and she works as a human resources specialist. She allegedly, has a son in college.