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Sheriff Didn't Pursue Sex Case Against Texas Church Gunman

02-16-2018

  HOUSTON (AP) - Sheriff's deputies didn't pursue a sexual assault investigation against the man who shot and killed 26 people at a Texas church, even though the woman reporting it signed a complaint detailing the alleged attack.
  
Records released Friday detail a June 2013 investigation of allegations against Devin Patrick Kelley, four years before the November 2017 mass shooting at a tiny church in Sutherland Springs, Texas.
  
In a handwritten document, the alleged victim said Kelley pinned her down and forcibly put his genitals into her mouth.
  
Kelley's first wife, Tessa Brennaman, also gave a statement to the Comal County Sheriff's Office as part of the investigation. Brennaman said Kelley abused her repeatedly and even "water-boarded" her.
  
The records say the case was "inactivated" because the victim didn't return a detective's messages.

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