Former Lubbock officer, additional charge of sexual assault - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

Former Lubbock officer, additional charge of sexual assault

By James Clark - email and Michael Slother - email

LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – The former Lubbock police officer charged in January with sexually assaulting two girls that his family adopted now faces additional sexual assault charges.  Jason Hignight, 32, resigned as a police officer in January just before police detectives took him into custody.

The newest charges come from an adult woman who came forward to the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center in 2006 or 2007 with allegations that Hignight sexually assaulted her more than once.  But court records say she declined to file charges at that time. 

The newest court records say "After the news broadcast of Jason Hignight's arrest, … [the victim] re-contacted the Lubbock Rape Crisis Center and expressed a desire to come forward and speak to police."

Hignight was already held Wednesday in the Lubbock County Jail on a $200,000 bond.  The recommended bond on the new charge is an additional $200,000. 

Jill Tucker at the Lubbock Rape and Crisis Center says it is common for sexual assault victims not to take their case to authorities. "We always have people that come to us and don't want to go to law enforcement or another agency outside of ours," Tucker said.

Tucker says sometimes victims fear reporting incidents to law enforcement because they may know the other person involved. "Primarily sexual assault victims are assaulted by people they know, acquaintances, friends, or boyfriends, and sometimes they don't want to keep those people in trouble so they avoid those criminal charges," she said.

Information on the services the Lubbock Rape and Crisis Center provides can be found here.

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