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Therapist Assaulted: Auzavier Wartel, accused of sexually assaulting a woman at Harris County Juvenile Facility, is due to stand trial as an adult

HARRIS COUNTY, TX (KTRK) — A teenager accused of sexually assaulting a therapist who worked at a youth facility faces charges as an adult.

For this reason, the suspect’s name is now reportable: Auzavier Wartel.

Police said Wartel was 15 years old during the alleged July 2021 attack on the Harris County Leadership Academy.

Wartel will be 17 this year.

The Harris County Juvenile Parole Unit, which operates the facility, has not yet commented on what has been done to protect the woman or other therapists going forward.

ORIGINAL REPORT: Teenager could face trial as an adult over alleged serious sexual assault against therapist

The alleged sexual assault was committed against a woman who quit her job in the oil and gas industry after 20 years to become a therapist in hopes of transforming the lives of people who needed direction.

While on the witness stand in June, she described being locked in her office, thrown on the floor and sexually assaulted.

Wartel was charged with aggravated sexual assault for allegedly using an exercise machine to get her on the floor.

As he faces trial as an adult, he could face life imprisonment. He could only have served two years if tried as a juvenile.

The therapist has since quit her job and says the incident took away everything from her, including her ability to trust others.

Her husband spoke to the media after the procedure.

“She was locked in a room, beaten up and raped,” said James Haak. “He also threatened the lives of her and her family, including mine, if we were to press charges or make it known.”

Wartel has seven pending charges against him in Harris County, including evading arrest, assaulting a peace officer and now a charge of aggravated sexual assault.

The teenager is said to have tried to put two other therapists in similar situations in the past, but they managed to escape.

ABC13 asked the Harris County Juvenile Parole Unit why the suspect could be alone in the same room with this therapist after the previous trials, but we were told they could not give us a statement until a decision is announced at the hearing.

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