FORT WORTH — The woman who said a police officer sexually assaulted her was intimidated and afraid on the night she was sexually assaulted, a Tarrant County prosecutor told the jury during closing statements on Thursday.The woman, who is not being named because she says she is a victim of sexual assault, told police Bobby Lynn Beasley, a former Dalworthington Gardens police sergeant, put his hand between her legs and penetrated her with his fingers 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. Prosecutor David Hagerman described the 34-year-old woman as a single mother of two with few resources. Hagerman said the woman was sitting in a car next to the police officer who had arrested her and put her in jail just a few hours before, then had gotten her out of jail just a few hours later with a “whisper and a nod” to a judge.“One hundred and fifty years ago we went through a very dark time in our past,” Hagerman said. “Law enforcement still has the power to enslave.”Defense attorneys Terri Moore and Michael Ware told the jury the woman is pursuing the sexual assault charge to get money out of Beasley. The woman, who has filed a civil lawsuit against Beasley, lied to the jury, lied about filing a lawsuit and lied about texting Beasley on Dec. 14 and three days after, Moore said.Moore said the prosecutors have not ruled out reasonable doubt. Beasley, who elected not to testify, is standing on the presumption of innocence, Moore said. There was no physical evidence presented in the case and despite the parade of witnesses produced by the state, only two people really know what happened in the car that night, Moore said.“How many lies does a person have to tell before you have a reasonable doubt?” Moore asked the jury. “When someone’s on trial for their life, the case ought to be about the truth and the prosecutor’s case has not been about the truth. How about this, you come into this courtroom and take an oath to tell the truth and if you tell one lie the jury has reasonable doubt. You don’t get to tell a single lie and ruin this man’s life.”Hagerman tried to explain some of the inconsistencies in the woman’s statements by saying that she is uneducated and unsophisticated and could be easily led in whatever direction Beasley’s defense attorneys wanted to take her.Beasley was a member of the Dalworthington Gardens Department of Public Safety for three years and was assigned to the warrant division. He resigned from his position during an ongoing internal investigation into the sexual assault allegations.Before that, he had been with the Bedford Police Department for 26 years.
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