Day: April 6, 2008

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Let Sex Offenders Walk & They Prey On Our Kids

Sex offenders speak out

JEREMY PHILLIPS
The Ellis County Press
ELLIS COUNTY – Last week, a controversial series by The Ellis County Press exposed the problems of sex offenders on probation in Ellis County versus those who were sentenced to prison.The numbers revealed more than 75 percent of registered sex offenders in Ellis County received probation instead of prison for their crimes, thanks to plea deals with County/District Attorney Joe Grubbs and his team of prosecutors.

Last week, this reporter had the chance to interview two sex offenders, both convicted of the same crime: aggravated sexual assault of a child. One received prison and the other, despite, a lengthy arrest record and prior offenses for indecency with a child, received probation. Both talked about their sentences and how likely they are to re-offend, based on their sentences and subsequent restrictions and counseling.

The Ellis County Press will identify the offenders as ‘Michael’ and as ‘Leo,’ as they have agreed to take part in this story. Due to their exposing the flaws in the system, they fear retaliation by prosecutors, as both report to probation and parole officers.

Michael was sentenced to one year probation for aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old. He had previously been convicted in another county for indecency with a child by contact and received deferred adjudication probation.
Leo was sentenced to six years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice system for aggravated sexual assault against a 13-year-old female. He had also received a probated indecency with a child by sexual contact charge, which was deferred, again, in another county.

As a requirement, sex offenders must undergo sex offender treatment, known as the Sex Offender Treatment Program (SOTP) for short. This consists of both group and one-on-one sessions.

During the interview with ‘Michael,’ 39, this reporter asked him what he thought about his punishment. He said he wanted to avoid prison at all costs and that his lawyer, a friend of Joe Grubbs, had struck a deal with him for a one-year probated sentence.

While expressing remorse for his crime, ‘Michael’ said that he was concerned he would re-offend. When asked why he was afraid he would re-offend, the response was ‘because my sentence was so light, and I am not made to undergo a stringent program like an inmate who is locked up.’ He was then asked what his requirements were. He said ‘I go to a counseling session a couple of times a month, and report to my probation officer�other than that, I have free reign to do as I please�.it is very tempting sometimes.’

‘Had I been locked up, I know I would be monitored [24 hours, seven days a week], and there is no way I could victimize a child again.’

 

When asked why he chose to victimize children, he said that as a child, he too, was victimized, and that he had sexual urges he could not control.

‘Michael’ said looking back, he is glad he isn’t locked up, but because of his urges he is going to undergo chemical castration because the system has failed both him and his victims.

He made it very clear that sex offenders on probation are not closely monitored, and do not undergo the same treatment as incarcerated offenders.

For an incarcerated offender, treatment begins on the first day and is conducted daily in the prison system, according to ‘Leo.’

‘Leo’ is 40 years old. ‘Leo’ successfully completed his sentence without any conduct violations and had an exemplary prison record. He told The Ellis County Press that offenders are monitored 24 hours a day, seven days a week. He said not only did he undergo the SOTP counseling, he underwent other psychological treatment as well, which is not offered to probationers.

When asked if he believed sex offenders should receive probation, he replied, ‘absolutely not- that is like having a kid in a candy store.’

He clarified this as saying that because probated sex offenders do not undergo intense supervision and rehabilitation, they most often re-offend, just as he did initially. ‘Leo’ said he does not have any sexual urges towards children, and in-fact, has since met a female companion of equal age and has been married for three years.

His wife, Debbie, was made totally aware of his past, however, and chose to date and eventually marry ‘Leo’ because he proved himself as being rehabilitated, something they both thank the Texas prison system for.

While having regrets about being free, ‘Michael’ knows that Grubbs’ office has afforded him the opportunity to victimize again. Was the ‘deal’ worth it?

‘Not really. They just want to clear cases,’ he said. ‘They don’t care about the kids.

‘Anytime you let a pedophile walk, they continue to prey on kids, even if the �conviction’ helps the DAs stats when it comes election time’

Freelance reporter Jeremy Phillips is a licensed private investigator and peace officer.

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ACTION ALERT:: ELLIS COUNTY PROSECUTOR FREES SEX OFFENDER – SPEAK OUT!

Please speak out against this outrageous move by Patrick Wilson, for the sake of my children and others out there that he WILL victimize. How can this happen years after a guilty plea??

Comments, please, petition, write your congressman, this is outrageous!!!

Child sex offender cases released, charges dismissed

KELLIE ROBINSON
and GLEN JACKSON

The Ellis County Press

WAXAHACHIE – Angel DeJesus Hernandez was alleged to have raped a child.

He plead guilty in 2005 and was given a probation sentence of five years and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.

One of the terms of his deal with County Attorney Joe Grubbs’ office was he would have to register as a sex offender if he violated any terms of his sentence. (under deferred adjudication, alleged suspects are not required to register).

Hernandez, according to court documents in the Ellis County District Clerk’s office, committed another act of sexual assault of a child in July of 2006.

This time, the sexual assault charge resulted in another two-year probation sentence with no fine.

Other cases The Ellis County Press has researched include the more recent James Leonard file. The Waxahachie lawyer was placed on 10 years probation for allegedly molesting two girls under the age of 14, according to court records. He has since fled the country to Central America, according to investigators with the Ellis County Sheriff’s Office.

A warrant has since been issued for his arrest. Leonard was placed on probation several days after 40th District Court Judge Gene Knize won a re-nomination battle in the 2006 Republican primary over Midlothian attorney Dan Altman.

Other cases The Ellis County Press has reviewed:

Cause No. 30278CR – Renee June Deguizman
Court records state, ‘�forced sexual organ of �Logan’ (under 17 yoa) to contact and penetrate mouth of defendant. Five years jail and no fine. Plead guilty.’

Cause No. 29502CR – Brian Keith Martin Jr.
Documents state Martin ‘raped �J.D.’ a child under 17 yoa, plead guilty, two years [jail] and no fine.’ Defense attorney Cindy Ermatinger had Martin credited for 91 days off his jail sentence.

Cause No. 30390CR – Ronnie Lynn Cummings Jr.

‘Rape, child under 14 yoa, with penis and vibrator, sodomizing, forced oral sex on her, 40 years each count.’

The prosecutors dismissed the charges of oral sex and assault due to Cummings maintaining his innocence, according to court documents.

Assistant prosecutor Patrick M. Wilson signed the court documents allowing for the dismissal of the case. Defense attorney Cindy Ermatinger filed a writ of habeas corpus, stating the bond of $100,000 was ‘excessive.’

This is not a good thing, this man will re-offend, I’m willing to place my soul on that … OUR CHILDREN WON’T BE SAFE. So my question is what, if anything, does it change for his sentence?! 

How do the on-record victims that each of these pedophiles were convicted for, feel about this? 

 How can this happen after he plead guilty?

Anyone know these answers?
Cause No. 31362CR – James Cotter
‘Rape of a child under 14 yoa, plead guilty, five years in jail, credited 183 days.’
Cause No. 30830CR – Joe Rudy Ramos Jr.

 

Court documents state Ramos Jr. ‘forced �C.F.’ (child under 14) to place her genitals in his mouth.’ Ramos attempted suicide on July 11, 2006 and as a result, prosecutors dismissed the case. Ramos rejected a plea bargain of 10 years deferred adjudication. A trial date had been scheduled for Jan. 9, 2007, but ‘due to vacation plans the state has not had time to adequately prepare child witnesses.’

Cause No. 31045CR – James Edwards
Judgment was entered on Nov. 3, 2006 in Knize’s 40th District courtroom for allegations of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to court documents. The offense allegedly occurred on Dec. 31, 2004.

Edwards plead guilty and in exchange, he received 10 years deferred adjudication, paid a $2,000 fine and was ordered to perform 720 hours of community service. Edwards, according to the documents, served 149 days in jail and went through sex offender treatment.

Lindy Tober, one of Grubbs’ assistant prosecutors, stated ‘it was in child’s best interest for Edwards to be on deferred adjudication.’

Court documents also reveal the victim was a foster child and that he ‘placed finger in anus of [victim under 14].’

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