APD lieutenant in Williamson County jail, accused of sexual assault of a child


AUSTIN (KXAN) — An Austin Police Department lieutenant is in the Williamson County Jail Monday after being accused of sexually assaulting a child.

Lt. Dustin Paul Lee, 47, was booked into the Williamson County Jail on Sunday for an offense that allegedly occurred on Thursday.

According to a document filed in court, Lee faces a first-degree felony charge and is accused of sexually assaulting a girl under the age of 17.

Lee remains in Williamson County Jail as of Monday afternoon. He faces a $150,000 surety felony bond.

Meanwhile, the Austin Police Department has placed Lee on restricted duty. The department says he will continue to be paid unless he’s indicted, and if he bonds out of jail, the department will decide in what capacity he can continue working.

KXAN interviewed Lt. Dustin Lee in August 2019.

In April 2017, Lee was promoted within the ranks of the Austin Police Department, from sergeant to lieutenant.

In 2008, KXAN reported Lee was fired for violating APD’s sexual harassment policy. A city memo stated that Lee made unwanted sexual advances and sexually-oriented jokes and innuendos to a female coworker, then lied about the comments in an interview with Internal Affairs.

At the time he was fired, Lee had been with the department for 12 years and was a sergeant. He appealed his termination, and the department later rescinded his indefinite suspension.

Lee agreed to accept a voluntary demotion to the rank of detective. Under his agreement to return to work, APD would pass him over three times for a promotion, without the right to appeal.

APD is assisting the Round Rock Police Department in its investigation into the sexual assault accusation. In addition, APD has launched its own administrative investigation.

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