APD Commander fired after assault accusation could still work as cop


AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin police commander accused of assaulting a woman he was dating has been fired Thursday according to APD.

A memo from APD says they do have reason to believe Commander Jason Dusterhoft was involved in “rough sex” that involved strangling a woman.

The memo goes on to state he also agreed to have sex with that same woman and her roommate despite knowing the roommate was a prostitute who used drugs. The memo reports that Dusterhoft was at a club with the two women and another man, where cocaine was ordered and delivered to the group. According to APD, there is not enough evidence to place Dusterhoft at the table when the drugs were delivered, but it is clear he was associating with those people who were purchasing the drugs.

While there is no evidence he did anything illegal, APD says it cannot associate with persons who bring discredit to the department, according to the memo.

On Nov. 16, the Travis County District Attorney decided to not prosecute Dusterhoft after he was accused of slapping a woman he was dating in August. He was placed on restricted duty after those accusations came to light.

The Texas Commission on Law Enforcement says if no charges are filed, an individual can still be hired by another police department if they choose to do so. If there ever are charges filed, TCOLE places an “enforcement hold” on their license, and will decide what to do when the case concludes.

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