An 18-year-old Karnack, Texas, man was sentenced to 10 years in prison Monday after pleading guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child in Bowie County.
J’Rome Shepard, who is related to the victim, was visiting the girl’s family at their home in Bowie County during May 2016, according to a probable cause affidavit. The young girl’s mother told investigators with the Bowie County Sheriff’s Office that she began questioning her daughter after noticing she was “acting differently.”
The girl reported that Shephard, who the child refers to as “Bone,” made her perform a sex act on him several times and that he attempted to assault her sexually in other ways as well. The girl claimed Shephard made her “pinky swear” that she wouldn’t tell about the abuse and that he told her she would be in trouble if anyone learned of it.
A pillow case from the girl’s home was collected as evidence in the case based on statements made by the child May 25 during a forensic interview at the Children’s Advocacy Center in Texarkana. The girl told staff at the advocacy center that Shepard told her he had engaged in sexual conduct with her 13-year-old cousin as well.
Shepard appeared Monday morning before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell with Chief Public Defender Rick Shumaker. Shepard, who was 17 when the allegations surfaced, has been in custody since his arrest more than a year ago.
First Assistant District Attorney Michael Sheperd appeared on behalf of the state.
A young man is under arrest, accused of sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl while she slept.
Dontavious McCalla, 19, also known as "Tay," was arrested and charged with sexual battery on a 16-year-old Leesburg girl.
"Apparently the suspect was a guest in the house when the incident occurred, was there invited in. Sometime during the course of this stay, he attacked and then raped the 16-year-old victim," said Joe Iozzi, with the Leesburg police.
The victim told police she was asleep in her living room when she woke up with McCalla on top of her.
The arrest report said when the victim realized what was happening, she tried to move but McCalla held her arm.
When she was able to get away, police said the victim alerted her brother while McCalla fled on a bicycle.
The victim was taken to a hospital.
Leesburg Police tracked McCalla down in the parking lot of the Circle K Gas Station at 900 S. 14th StreetSt. in Leesburg.
Police said the defendant admitted to having engaged in sexual intercourse with the victim but told police she wasn't asleep.
Police said they found the detail suspicious because they hadn't spoken to McCalla about that information.
McCalla's next court date is Aug. 21. McCalla remains in jail under a $10,000 bond.
A 20-year-old man has been arrested on suspicion of sex assault on a child that occurred when he was a teenager against a victim several years younger than him, according to a police report.
The now-teenaged victim made a report in January that Louis Celestino Guillen Jr., raped her “over 200 times” during a three-year period, starting when he was 14 and she was 11, according to a report from the Grand Junction Police Department.
“(She) stated Louis Jr. stopped raping her when she was 14 years old … when he obtained a girlfriend,” the affidavit for Guillen’s arrest said.
The teen described being violently assaulted and physically held down during several attacks.She said she remembers bleeding after the first attack, which occurred when she was a virgin while camping near Vega Reservoir.
About a week later, another attack left her vomiting and in “too much pain to move,” the affidavit said.
The girl said the last time she was raped she was 14 and was preparing for her quinceañera. “She later burned the dress,” the report said.
The detective interviewed Guillen in mid-March at the Police Department, who said he had heard about the allegations from somebody. When asked about the first attack, Guillen told the detective he remembered camping in the area with his parents.
“He (denied) doing anything to her that could be construed as assault,” the detective wrote. “I then asked him about the second time that she alleges he assaulted her at his house. He denied having any knowledge of this, and does not know what she is talking about, and denies ever assaulting her.”
The detective who investigated the teen’s claims noted in his report that Guillen was accused of rape in 2014 at a party, but the case was dropped when the alleged victim refused to cooperate.
When contacted by the detective, she said she did not proceed with the investigation because she didn’t want her parents to find out about the incident, and because law enforcement told her “she had no case.”
She said she would be willing to cooperate with the current investigation, however.
The detective asked for a warrant for Guillen’s arrest on suspicion of four counts of sexual assault on a child as a pattern of abuse. Guillen was arrested recently, but is out on bond.
While Guillen is now an adult, his case is being heard in juvenile court because he was a juvenile at the time of the alleged attack.
He is due to appear before Magistrate Will McNulty today at 4 p.m. on an advisement of charges.
Names of juveniles arrested on suspicion of crimes classified as high-level felonies are considered public record under Colorado state law. The charges Guillen faces are classified as felony 3.
Police arrested a 21-year-old Edinburg man accused of repeatedly sexually abusing a girl over the course of about five months, according to a criminal complaint.
Roberto De La Garza, 21, of Edinburg was charged with continuous sexual abuse of a young child, a first-degree felony, on July 25.
During an interview with the Children’s Advocacy Center of Hidalgo County on July 13, the girl told investigators Garza had molested her various times after asking to pop her back, according to the criminal complaint.
A judge set bond at $20,000.
Garza was released from the Hidalgo County jail on Monday. He couldn’t be reached for comment.
CLIFTON PARK -- An 18-year-old Clifton Park man was arrested for forcing a girl to have sex with him and then trying to convince other girls to pose for sexually explicit photos and videos, Saratoga County Sheriff's office said.
Taylor E. Pierre, 18, of 11 Ashdown Road was charged with first-degree rape, promoting sexual performance by a child and possessing a sexual performance by a child, deputies said.
Deputies said that Pierre raped the young girl in February. Then over the last few months, he propositioned other young girls to pose for sexually explicit photos and videos for social media and to meet up with him for sex.
Pierre is being held in Saratoga County Jail in lieu of bail.
A college student carried out a "prolonged and sustained" rape on a woman attacked the two men who tried to stop the assault.
"Disgusting" Derrick Mutambukahad been drinking with a friend in Sunderland and became "sexually aroused" when dancing in a club.
After leaving the bar, Mutambuka, originally from Rwanda, began talking to a woman on the street - but after she appeared disinterested in him, he pushed her against some shop shutters and proceeded to force his hand down her trousers.
The terrifying sexual assault came to an end when a passer-by intervened and walked the woman home - however Mutambuka, who was 17 at the time, followed at a short distance back to her address and peered through her letterbox.
Newcastle Crown Court heard how just a short while later, the defendant then saw another woman in the street and dragged her into an alleyway before raping her.
A member of the public attempted to stop the rape after hearing the victim's terrified screams, but was forced to back off after Mutambuka kicked him and the assault carried on for a number of minutes - only to come to an end when a second man came to her rescue.
Prosecutor Andrew Espley said: "This was a prolonged and sustained attack. There was a significant degree of planning. He wanted it to happen and took steps to make sure that it did.
"He was a man that would not be deterred. Others were present and witnessed the victim's ordeal. The victims were alone and vulnerable."
Mutambuka, now 18, of Gateshead, was found guilty of rape and sexual assault following a trial - with what a judge described as "overwhelming evidence."
He was also found guilty of counts of assault, relating to the first man who he kicked and the second who he spat on, with spittle containing blood.
Mr Ekwall Tiwana, defending, said that his client was very drunk at the time of the offence and had only been drunk once before in his life.
He said: "The general nature of this case is that it is a very serious offence. Although it is very serious, it is not in fact the most serious. This defendant was 17 at the time and had no previous convictions.
"This young man was passed from pillar to post and country to country essentially. He has been subject to a very unsatisfactory life until he moved to Newcastle and studied in Gateshead.
"He has admitted that what he did was disgraceful and disgusting. He has recognised what he did."
The court heard how the defendant studied English, Maths and IT at Gateshead College.
The rape victim suffered 34 injuries during the attack, including reddening, abrasion and tenderness on her head, face, neck, legs and chest as well as on her genitals.
She was also punched and "manhandled" during the attack.
Sentencing him to nine year and nine months imprisonment, Judge Robert Adams said: "This was a persistent course of conduct.
"You were sexually aroused dancing in the club and that continued when you were going home until you committed the offence.
"You were determined to have sex with a woman regardless of her views or who she was or whatever her circumstance.
"You used violence, judging by the numerous injuries that the victim sustained.
"It is a start that you are experiencing some remorse although it is now too late in the day. Only a lengthy custodial sentence is appropriate."
Detective Chief Inspector Phil Bond said: "Mutambuka is very clearly a dangerous individual and I'm pleased he is in prison where he cannot cause further harm.
"I would like to praise the bravery of both victims for coming forward in these cases. The strength and courage of victims in incidents such as this can never be underestimated and ensuring they have the support they need is an absolute priority for us.”
A 22-year-old Houma man accused of sexually abusing three children pleaded guilty to rape charges last week, prosecutors said.
Assistant District Attorney Amanda Mustin said Dominique Jerome Mason Crochet, 2616 Payne St., pleaded guilty July 26 to two counts of second-degree rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Following Crochet’s guilty plea, District Judge David Arceneaux handed down a 10-year sentence on each count. The sentences will run consecutively for a total of 30 years.
A Terrebonne grand jury found enough evidence to originally charge Crochet with two counts of first-degree rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Crochet was arrested Jan. 10 after he raped three victims under the age of 13 in the East Side Senator Circle and Payne Street areas, Mustin said.
Had Crochet been convicted of first-degree rape, he would have faced a life sentence without parole.
Houma Police Chief Dana Coleman said Crochet lured two of the juveniles into his home and began grooming them with “inappropriate touching” before engaging in sex with them.
“As Houma Police continued the investigation, it was discovered that Crochet threatened the victims that if they would report the encounters he would kill them,” Coleman said. “Both victims were interviewed by forensic interviewers and confirmed the allegations of sexual abuse.”
Police began investigating Crochet after a parent discovered “inappropriate” text messages he sent to her children’s phone.
After police concluded their interviews, Crochet was found at his home and arrested on two counts of first-degree rape and one count of indecent behavior with a juvenile.
Mustin said Crochet’s victims were 12, 11 and 5 years old.
“The sentence was a fair outcome for all parties,” Mustin said. “We decided on that sentence after meeting with all the victims’ mothers and taking into consideration their opinions and contemplating what effect a trial could have on the young victims. This lengthy sentence will give all the victims a chance to age well into their adulthood before having to face the possibility of Crochet on the outside.”