Prosecutors didn't sugarcoat it: Abraham Joseph committed the ultimate betrayal of public trust and the ultimate violation of a human being.
"He's a hunter. He's a predator. He's a wolf in a field of sheep. His only mistake, after months and months of raping behind the badge, was that he picked the wrong sheep," Assistant District Attorney Haywood Carter said.
Thursday, jurors convicted the former Houston Police officer on two counts of sexual assault for raping a cantina worker. Four other cantina workers came forward and complained he had assaulted them too. Prosecutors said he targeted them because they are here illegally.
The defense brought out witnesses. Family, friends and even his wife took the stand. They all said he was a good husband and a good man, the kind of man who respects women. His wife said she forgave him for having sex outside their marriage. Defense Attorney Nicole Deborde pleaded with the jury to sentence him to probation instead of prison.
"While he will never be a police officer again, don't you know everyone in prison will know he was a cop, and what a unique situation for a man in prison," Deborde said. "How do you think that will turn out?"
Prosecutor Eric Bily urged jurors to go for the maximum: life in prison.
"We may never know what's wrong with the defendant. We may not care to either, but what we do know is he's broken and can't be fixed."
The jury will resume deliberations 9 a.m. Monday.