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Woman Accusing Court Marshal of Assault Testifies

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LAS VEGAS -- A woman testified to a federal grand jury Tuesday, claiming she was choked by a marshal at the Clark County Family Court.

The testimony comes after a months-long I-Team investigation into alleged family court abuses. So far, two people have lost their jobs.

When the I-Team exposed allegations that a woman was sexually assaulted inside the Clark County Family Courthouse by a marshal, it set off a series of petitions, firings, lawsuits and national notoriety.

Last month, the I-Team broke news that three family court marshals testified to the grand jury about a choking incident. 

Crystal Williams first told her story to the I-Team in May. Williams said marshals detained her for having a traffic warrant. She also said that she was handcuffed into a restraint chair, and they put a spit guard on her.

Even though the 110-pound woman was fully restrained, marshal's lieutenant Steve Rushfield allegedly choked Williams, telling her, "you're in my house now."

Lieutenant Rushfield resigned his supervisor's positions after the I-Team story aired. Now, Williams hopes her testimony to a federal grand jury will make a difference. 

"I feel good about the whole thing. Letting it all out, so somebody can actually hear what happened to me and get it all off of my chest instead of keep holding it in," Williams said.

Within weeks, the federal grand jury is also expected to hear from Monica Contreras. She claims a family court marshal sexually assaulted her inside the courthouse.

The I-Team revealed Contreras' claim was validated by an internal affairs investigation. That incident was allegedly covered up by former marshal's lieutenant Steve Rushfield, the same marshal who is accused of choking Crystal Williams. 

Grand jury testimony is secret, but this case is causing turmoil at local courthouses. Sources close to the investigation are beginning to look into whether court administration was willing to act on these internal affairs investigations.

One telling factor, Monica Conteras heard not from court administration that her case was deemed validated, she heard it from the I-Team, two years after it happened.

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