SHREVEPORT-BOSSIER CITY, LA (KSLA) - A Bossier Parish police juror is finding himself in in the hot seat again, following accusations of sexual assault involving his longtime girlfriend.
Rick Avery was charged and then released. He was also arrested for an alleged theft of $36,000 in jewelry from a hotel room but never charged.
It should be noted that Avery does not face any criminal charges either in D.C. or here at home.
"I don't know anything about that," Avery said during a phone call. "I vehemently deny that. And there was an investigation that was, nothing that showed anything like that ever happened."
That alleged theft and attack happened back in late January during a trip to the nation's capital for Washington Mardi Gras.
In 2016 Avery was arrested on suspicion of DWI and caught on camera making threats against officers. Avery said he had blacked out that night and was never charged in the case. And now — Avery tells us he's just as innocent this time around.
For more than six decades Washington Mardi Gras has been a time of celebration in the nation's capital and of building relationships between lawmakers on the local, state and federal levels.
But according to an account later spelled out in a protective order: On the night of January 26th, Avery pushed his girlfriend to the hotel room floor that night and sexually assaulted her.
In that protective order the alleged victim claimed quote:
Avery did not attend this Wednesday's police jury meeting in Benton.
He said he remembers just going to bed and falling asleep.
"All of a sudden a security guard knocked on the door and woke me up," Avery said. "I asked him what I could do for him and he pointed out in the hall and she was sitting out in the hall nude."
Avery said once released by Washington D.C. Police he's never seen his now ex-girlfriend ever since. But she did file that protective order against Avery three weeks after returning home.
For his part, Avery insisted he did not threaten his ex-girlfriend with a lawsuit. But he did say he may have to take her to court to collect more than a hundred thousands dollars in loans she allegedly owes him.