The arrest of a former Lewisville Police Department detective for allegedly having sex with a minor throws into question many cases in which the officer interviewed underage sexual assault victims, The Dallas Morning News reported. According to court documents the 15-year-old he’s alleged to have had sex with was a victim in an earlier case he investigated.
Legal experts told the newspaper that the arrest of 38-year-old Bryan Gibbins on eight counts of sexual assault eliminates him from being a prosecution witness at any future trials of people he investigated. That’s particularly complicated because he helped build cases against the alleged abusers by interviewing the victims.
Toby Shook, a former state prosecutor who now works as a Dallas defense attorney, told the Morning News that the prosecution will have to work around Gibbins.
“Depending on his role, it may cause the state to change their plea offer or come to some resolution they hadn’t intended,” Shook said.
The Denton County District Attorney’s Office didn’t respond to the newspaper’s request for comment on how Gibbins’ arrest could affect active cases he worked. Dallas defense attorney Derek Staub told the Morning News that the arrest will require the DA’s office to review all of Gibbins’ cases.
The arrest affidavit said that Gibbins had a sexual relationship with a 15-year-old girl for most of 2019 until Jan. 9, 2020, and that investigators found nude photos of the victim and her clothing during a search of his apartment. Gibbins had been assigned to a case in which the girl was a victim, the affidavit says.
Fox 4 reported that Gibbins worked for the Lewisville Police Department from 2006 until July 2019. He was fired after an internal investigation found he attempted to deceive investigators who were looking into multiple policy violations, the TV station reported.
As of Monday, he was being held in the Denton County Jail on a $4 million bond.