Mentally ill woman, rape victim, sues over Texas arrest

Staff Writer
Stephenville Empire-Tribune

HOUSTON (AP) — A rape victim with a history of mental illness has sued a Texas county saying she was wrongly jailed after testifying against her attacker.

Attorney Sean Buckley says his client has bipolar disorder and had a breakdown in December while testifying in Harris County. She was committed to a hospital, discharged and then arrested as a material witness.

District Attorney Devon Anderson says the woman, who was raped in 2013, told prosecutors she would no longer testify.

Buckley says while in jail the woman didn't consistently get her medication and was charged with assaulting a guard. The charge was dropped after she resumed her testimony. Her attacker was later sentenced to life in prison.

The Houston Chronicle ( ) reports the federal lawsuit filed Monday seeks unspecified damages for violating her rights, including unlawful arrest.