Dispatcher testifies former police officer offered to help woman in jail

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A woman who says a former Dalworthington Gardens police officer sexually assaulted her was given special treatment while she was in jail, according to testimony from a police dispatcher.

The woman, who is not being named because she says she is a victim of sexual assault, said Bobby Lynn Beasley, a former Dalworthington Gardens police sergeant, put his hand between her legs while he was driving her home from the Dalworthington Gardens Jail on Dec. 14, 2010.

Beasley, 53, pleaded not guilty Tuesday to one count of sexual assault. He faces up to 20 years in prison if convicted in state District Judge George Gallagher’s court.

Mallory Ransom, a dispatcher for the Dalworthington Gardens Police Department, said Beasley’s accuser was quiet and cordial while she was being booked into jail. Ransom testified that Beasley joked with the woman during the booking process.

“I heard him say, ‘I’ll try to help you out, but first you have to do something for me,’” Ransom testified. “I thought it was odd.”

Ransom told the jury that before Beasley drove the woman home, he asked to be placed on off-duty status.

Ransom said she offered to call a cab to take the woman home, but Beasley said he would drive herhome.

Beasley also said he would speak with the city judge to place the woman on a personal recognizance bond, which is a bond issued by the city and backed by a person’s promise to take care of her obligations, Ransom said.

The judge issued a personal recognizance bond, which is rare in Dalworthington Gardens, Ransom testified.

“In the 31/2 years that I’ve worked here, I’ve only done one,” Ransom said.

City Judge Suzanne Hudson testified that she “hardly ever” issues personal recognizance bonds but that she issued one for the woman.

The personal recognizance bond forms were not in the computer system nor were any in her desk, but the woman took home some financial statement forms and was instructed to return them in three days to get the bond, Hudson said.

Beasley’s treatment of the woman also caught the attention of Dalworthington Gardens reserve police officer Nick Selby. Selby testified that he asked his supervisor about the policy concerning giving rides to prisoners. His sergeant said it does happen sometimes, Selby said.

“I’ve never seen anyone, any police officer, drive anyone home before,” Selby told the jury. “I’ve never seen it since.”

Mitch Mitchell, 817-390-7752 Twitter: @mitchmitchel3

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