AUSTIN, Texas -- Lawyers for State Senator Charles Schwertner (R-SD5) released a new statement, Thursday, calling on the University of Texas to exonerate the senator after sexual misconduct allegations were reportedly made by a graduate student.
Austin attorneys Perry and David Minton called for the removal of three anonymous UT officials, who first confirmed the existence of an investigation into Senator Schwertner to the Austin-American Statesman. The statement calls the leak a “violation of state and federal laws.”
On September 25th, the Statesman reported that UT had opened an investigation into Senator Schwertner for allegedly sending lewd texts and images to a graduate student that he met at a University event. The report cited three anonymous university officials that confirmed the existence of the investigation.
The release also contains the results of a polygraph test, which was administered to Senator Schwertner on September 27th, 2018 and paid for by his attorneys, according to the documents. The results show that Schwertner was asked whether or not he sent sexually explicit remarks or images to the student. To both questions, he replied “no.”
Polygraph administrators found that Schwertner was telling the truth during the test and labeled his answers as indicating “no deception,” according to the documents.
The reliability of polygraph tests is a legal gray area. Police departments often rely on polygraphs, citing the rarity that someone is able to cheat the test. That said, lie detector tests are often deemed inadmissible in court because many judges doubt their reliability, according to the legal resource website Nolo.com.