Yet another development in the capital murder investigation into the shooting death of Harris County Sheriff's Office Deputy Darren Goforth. An investigator in the case has admitted to sexual misconduct with one of the witnesses. The sexual encounter took place between the investigator and someone who witnessed the shooting of Deputy Goforth.
A court document, signed by Harris County Assistant District Attorney Marcy McCorvey, informs defense attorneys for capital murder suspect Shannon Miles that HCSO investigator C. Clopton has acknowledged that during the ongoing gathering of evidence, Clopton and a witness engaged in a "consensual sexual relationship."
The document does not reveal the identity of the witness in the relationship or if it is the same person who reportedly was in a romantic relationship with Deputy Goforth and was at the Cypress-area Chevron fuel station when he was killed on Aug. 28.
FOX 26 senior legal analyst Chris Tritico says that while the disclosure is embarassing for the sheriff's office, it may ultimately have little impact on the integrity of the overall investigation.
The Harris County Sheriff's Office released the following statement on Friday:
Our office has been advised of an inappropriate relationship between a witness in the capital murder investigation of Shannon Miles and a Sheriff's Office investigator.
This investigator's conduct was unethical and inexcusable and does not reflect the core values of the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The misconduct of this individual investigator is an anomaly and does not represent the conduct of the men and women who work daily to protect the lives of the citizens of Harris County.
I was appalled to learn of this behavior and immediately took action. The investigator has been relieved of duty pending the outcome of our joint investigation with the District Attorney's Office.
I remain steadfastly committed to working with District Attorney Devon Anderson in pursuing the successful prosecution of the suspect Shannon Miles.