Past concerns revealed for former officer accused in sexual assault

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by CHRIS HAWES

WFAA

Posted on October 19, 2011 at 10:28 PM

Updated Thursday, Oct 20 at 11:38 AM

A former police officer accused of sexual assault has faced accusations involving other women in the past.

Bobby Beasley worked for Dalworthington Gardens and resigned after a woman accused him of sexually assaulting her. Prosecutors charged Beasley in September. That case continues.

Now documents obtained by News 8 show Beasley's prior employer also investigated concerns about Beasley — questions Dalworthington Gardens says it knew nothing about.

In 1998, Sgt. Bobby Beasley worked for the Bedford Police Department. That year, a female officer reported Beasley after he allegedly questioned her sexual activities. She quoted him as saying, "So who are you [expletive]?"

That officer also told internal investigators "...ever since she began the Police Academy, that Sgt.  Beasley appeared to have shown a greater interest in her than others."

Beasley said he had been misinterpreted, but was given a three-day suspension, 90 days probation, and sensitivity training.

Three years later, more questions arose.

Euless police Cpl. Scott Axton learned he would be teaching a field sobriety testing school with Beasley at Tarrant County College. As detailed later in a report to Bedford’s police chief, Axton said a state coordinator for the sobriety testing school ”...did warn me to 'be careful,” adding "...he had received several complaints about the manner in which Sgt. Beasley conducted himself..." during the schools.

Axton contacted an officer who had taught with Beasley. Axton said he was told that in another class, "Beasley was 'flirting' with one of the female volunteers and dosed her to a level that caused her to pass out and have to be transported to the hospital by ambulance."

Axton went forward with his appointment to teach the class with Beasley. During that class, on June 1, 2001, a female volunteer who worked for the Euless Police Department accused Beasley of trying to kiss her after she had been given alcohol. Axton reported it.

According to Euless Police Department spokesman Lt. Eric Starnes,”He was supported in passing along what he knew.”

Beasley said he did not do it, and passed a polygraph. The Bedford Police Department could not prove or disprove the accusation.

The sobriety school, however, removed Beasley from its pool of instructors saying that, "By attempting to kiss [the volunteer], Mr. Beasley clearly created an environment that was threatening and uncomfortable."

News 8 asked Dalworthington Gardens Chief Bill Waybourne whether the department had known about the records we found. “We did not check those things," he said. "We knew him by reputation, knew his family, and thought this would be a good fit. That's what we went on. We also knew he had been honorably retired from the Bedford Police Department.”

Beasley's attorney Terri Moore defended the veteran officer.  "In his 24 years with the Bedford Police Department, he received numerous commendations and was twice recognized as Officer of the Year," she said.

"I just know he's innocent," Beasley's wife said. "We have an army of people praying with us, and the truth is going to come out."

Bobby Beasley resigned from Dalworthington Gardens this year after that department began investigating the sexual assault accusations of a Fort Worth woman, Nikki Baker, against Beasley.

"There wasn't any kind of hesitation when he did that to me,” Baker said. “And I figured, you know what? If you done me like that, he's probably did this to somebody else.”

According to Bedford Police Department records, in 2001 Beasley did admit to "sexual relations with various people, while on his lunch breaks,” saying he "might have had sexual relations with between 10-20 females, over the past 13 years."

Beasley, however, said the incidents did not occur on or in city property or vehicles, and were unrelated to assignments and official duties.

The department concluded it could not substantiate any departmental violations related to that activity.

The Tarrant County District Attorney's office has filed a sexual assault charge against Beasley. While that case focuses soley on Baker's claims, his past personnel records could come out in court.

"Ethically, I cannot comment on the details of any specific case prior to its resolution," said District Attorney Joe Shannon.  "I can tell you as a general rule, in all criminal cases, prior bad acts can be used in punishment and be given whatever weight the jury or judge wants to give it."


Beasley's attorney released the following statement to News 8:

Anyone can be falsely accused of misconduct or of a crime. Police officers are especially vulnerable to these types of accusations due to the nature of their work.

During Mr. Beasley’s tenure at Bedford Police Department, he was falsely accused of attempting to kiss a volunteer. The police department did a thorough investigation which included interviewing many witnesses and requiring officer Beasley to take a polygraph test which he passed as you can see from the documents you requested. The allegation of attempting to kiss the volunteer was NOT SUSTAINED.

You allege that Mr. Beasley had sex during lunch breaks while working for the Bedford Police Department. Once again the Bedford P.D. completed a thorough investigation of this allegation and made a finding of NOT SUSTAINED while on duty. Again, this shows how easily a police officer can be wrongfully accused of misconduct.

In 1998 there was an incident among three Bedford Officers. Mr. Beasley used some foul language and was required to take a sensitivity course. He continued to work for the department for an additional 10 years.

In his 24 years with the Bedford P.D., he received numerous commendations and was twice recognized as officer of the year .

Please remember that in this country the law says that a person is presumed innocent until proven guilty in court. Mr. Beasley looks forward to his day in court to clear his name.


E-mail chawes@wfaa.com

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