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District Attorney fires prosecutor for asking about victim’s immigration status

November 8, 2019 

Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg said that following an internal review, she has fired a prosecutor who asked police whether a crime victim was illegally in the United States.

“It is wrong to ask about a victim’s immigration status; it is against our policy, and it won’t be tolerated,” Ogg said. “We treat everyone equally under the law, no matter how they came to be here.”

Assistant District Attorney John Denholm had been with the office since January 2017. 

Ogg reassigned Denholm Monday pending the completion of a review of the matter which began Oct. 31 and resulted in a Houston man, Karl Bonner, being charged Tuesday with attempted sexual assault.