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Harris County Assistant DA Should Be Terminated After Failing To Protect A Hispanic Victim Of Sexual Assault

HOUSTON, TX - Today, the League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) issued the following statement demanding that the Harris County District Attorney’s Office immediately terminate John Denholm, an assistant district attorney, for failing to file charges against a perpetrator of sexual assault because the victim was allegedly undocumented:

“It is ironic to me that part of the Harris County District Attorney’s Office Guiding Principles include ‘striving for equality in our use of prosecutorial discretion’ and ‘treating all crime victims with dignity and fairness’ because that clearly did not happen in the case of a Hispanic victim who was sexually assaulted,” said Domingo Garcia, LULAC National President. “An attempted sexual assault IS a sexual assault and the assistant District Attorney who failed to file charges for this crime shouldn’t be reassigned, he should be fired because he is a racist and menace to the Hispanic community.”

“LULAC is disappointed and dismayed about the assistant District Attorney’s decision not to press charges against a sexual aggressor. It is the state’s job to follow its own rules, and those rules include protecting all people in Harris County regardless of immigration status,” said Alfonso (Al) Maldonado, LULAC District VIII Director. “The actions of the DA’s office has sent a clear message to our local Hispanic community: ‘don’t report crimes because you don’t count.’ The DA’s office needs to immediately fix this by firing this unethical assistant district attorney. His actions are a direct threat to public safety for everyone.”

The League of United Latin American Citizens (LULAC) is the nation’s largest and oldest civil rights volunteer-based organization that empowers Hispanic Americans and builds strong Latino communities. Headquartered in Washington, DC, with 1,000 councils around the United States and Puerto Rico, LULAC’s programs, services and advocacy address the most important issues for Latinos, meeting critical needs of today and the future. For more information, visit https://lulac.org/