In each case, Heard was alleged to have picked up a woman who was alone in downtown’s Entertainment District, offered her a ride home, then groped her once they were inside the police vehicle.
Heard, 47, did not dispute that he picked up the women and drove them home, but denied the allegations of sexual assault. He did not activate the vehicle’s in-car camera system in either case.
The women, who were strangers to one another and whose identities are covered by a publication ban, made what trial Judge Russell Otter called “strikingly similar” allegations against Heard. But he concluded that inconsistencies in their testimony at trial gave him “reasonable doubt as to whether the sexual assault occurred” and acquitted Heard on both counts.