Williamson County Sheriff's Office

Austin cop charged with sexual assault of a child in Williamson County


An Austin police lieutenant was charged with 1st degree felony sexual assault of a child, who was  known to him, Tuesday in Williamson County District Court.

Lt. Dustin Lee, a 23-year veteran who heads the Austin Police Department's downtown area command, was still being held in the facility as of Tuesday with bail set at $150,000. Lee also oversees the department's crisis intervention team.

According the probable cause affidavit, the victim told police Lee would force her to let him touch her under the claim he was applying a cream despite her telling him she did not want it. She told police this activity has occurred once or twice a week, every week, since she was a toddler. 

She told police it had occurred so frequently for years that it had "somewhat become normal" and she didn't question it, the affidavit said. She told police she finally decided to report it because she fears others known to him might have this occur to them as well.

Austin police are working in coordination with the Round Rock Police Department, who is conducting the investigation. Austin police confirmed Monday that Lee has been put on restricted duty and they have open an administrative investigation.

According to a report by KXAN, Lee was fired in 2008 for violating the department'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.

The report states he appealed his termination, and the department later rescinded his indefinite suspension in exchange for him agreeing to a voluntary demotion to the rank of detective and allowing the department to pass him over three times for promotion without the right to appeal.

He was promoted to lieutenant in April 2017.