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Texas Laws on Child Abuse

Reporting Child Abuse

Mandated Reporting

Texas Family Code

261.101 Persons required to report

A person (everyone) having cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been adversely affected by abuse or neglect by any person shall immediately make a report as provided by this subchapter. This requirement to report under this section applies without exception to an individual whose personal communications may otherwise be privileged, including an attorney, a member of the clergy, a medical practitioner, a social worker, a mental health professional, and an employee of a clinic or health care facility that provides reproductive services. The identity of the reporter is confidential and may only be released by order of court or to law enforcement agency conducting a criminal investigation.

Texas Family Code

261.103 Report made to appropriate agency

A report shall be made to: any local or state law enforcement agency; Child Protective Services if the alleged or suspected abuse involves a person responsible for the care, custody, or welfare of the child; the state agency that operates, licenses, certifies, or registers the facility in which the alleged abuse or neglect occurred; or the agency designated by the court to be responsible for the protection of children.

Texas Family Code

261.104 Contents of report

Person making report shall identify, if known:

name and address of child; name and address of person responsible for the care, custody, or welfare of child; and any other pertinent information concerning the alleged or suspected abuse or neglect.

Texas Family Code

261.106 Immunities

Persons acting under good faith who reports or assists in the investigation of a report of alleged child abuse or neglect or who testifies or otherwise participates in a judicial proceeding arising from a report, petition, or investigation of alleged child abuse or neglect is immune from civil or criminal liability that might otherwise be incurred or imposed.

Texas Family Code
261.107 False report
A person commits an offense if the person knowingly makes a report under this chapter that the person knows is false or lacks factual foundation. The offense is a Class A misdemeanor (up to 1 year in jail and/or $4,000 fine).

Texas Family Code
261.109 Failure to report
A person commits an offense if the person has cause to believe that a child’s physical or mental health or welfare has been or may be adversely affected by abuse or neglect and knowingly fails to report as provided in this chapter. The offense is a Class B misdemeanor (up to 180 days in jail and/or $2,000 fine).

Child Outcry Statements

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 38.072

Hearsay statement of child abuse victim
Statements of a child under the age of 13 who is a victim of sexual offenses or assaultive offenses made to the first person 18 years of age or older are an exception to hearsay rule and that person can testify directly as to what the child said to them.

Privileged Communications

Civil

Texas Family Code
261.202 Privileged Communication
In a proceeding regarding the abuse or neglect of a child, evidence may not be excluded on the ground of privileged communication except in the case of communications between an attorney and client.

Criminal

Texas Code of Criminal Procedure 38.10 Exceptions to spousal privilege
The privilege of a person’s spouse not to be called as a witness for the state does not apply in any proceeding in which the person is charged with a crime committed against the person’s spouse, a minor child, or a member of the household of either spouse.

Texas Rules of Criminal Evidence 503 and 505

The privileged communications afforded by attorney/client and clergyman/ client relationships applies to criminal prosecutions except as noted in the Texas Family Code 261.101 (initial reporting).

Statute of Limitations

None –
murder/manslaughter

10 years past child’s 18th birthday –
aggravated sexual assault of a child
sexual assault of a child
indecency with a child by contact

10 years- indecency with a child by exposure

  • All persons are
    required by law to report child abuse.

  • The report can be made
    to law enforcement, Child Protective Services, or the agency regulating the
    facility where the abuse is occurring.

  • Report should contain
    name/address of child and caregiver as well as information regarding the
    abuse.

  • Information about the
    reporting person is confidential except if ordered by court or to aid law
    enforcement in their investigation.

  • Persons reporting in
    good faith are immune from civil or criminal punishment.

  • Persons making
    intentional false reports can be punished criminally.

  • Persons failing to
    make a report can be punished criminally.

  • Hearsay (statement
    made by another person) is usually not admissible in court. In cases
    where a child is a victim under 13, the first person the child told about
    the abuse 18 or over can testify to the hearsay statement.

  • There is no privileged
    communication in civil child abuse cases except for statements to your
    attorney.

  • The only privileged
    communication in a criminal child abuse case is those to your attorney and
    your clergyman.

  • A spouse or other
    family member can be compelled to testify against anyone.

  • The time that a person
    can be charged after committing sexual abuse of a child is up to 28 years
    except in cases of child death in which case there is no set time to bring
    charges after the commission of the offense.

source: ATCCAC Home Page

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Foster care provider Lawrence Bright is a predator
Default Foster care provider Lawrence Bright is a predator

Police say 70-year-old Lawrence Bright was a licensed foster care provider, and a persistent predator.

He lived with his girlfriend in this house on Pinnacle Road in Henrietta. There, they cared for several foster children, including the alleged victim.

She told investigators the abuse began in 2002 when she was 13 years old….and continued for four years. She said bright raped her five times a week.

She told investigators that her foster-mother was suspicious, but that Bright went to great lengths to hide the abuse.

She also hid the abuse, telling investigators that she lied to caseworkers, to keep things steady at home.

She did have moments of resistance, telling investigators that at one point she asked if they could stop, but he said he couldn’t, that he, “needed to get as much in before he died.”

And it’s possible she wasn’t Bright’s only victim. She told police that another of his foster children told her that he was having sex with her as well. On that, police wouldn’t comment.

http://rochesterhomepage.net/content…ext/?cid=15518

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Texas Argues Death Penalty For Child Rapists

http://www.dallasnews.com/sharedcontent/dws/dn/yahoolatestnews/stories/041708dnnatscotus.6c5b97cf.html?npc
 
U.S. Supreme Court to hear Texas argue death penalty for child rapists
08:39 AM CDT on Wednesday, April 16, 2008
By BRENDAN MCKENNA / The Dallas Morning News
bmckenna@dallasnews.com
 
WASHINGTON — Texas says sometimes the sexual assault of a child can be so violent or obscene that the only appropriate punishment is to execute the offender.
 
And Wednesday, Texas Solicitor General Ted Cruz will make that case to the U.S. Supreme Court, arguing that state legislatures have the constitutional right to allow the death penalty for child rapists.
 
The case before the court, Kennedy vs. Louisiana, concerns a Louisiana law and the case of a Jefferson Parrish, La., man convicted of raping his 8-year-old stepdaughter. But striking down that law could call into question Texas’ 2007 “Jessica’s Law,” which allows the execution of certain repeat child sex offenders.
 
The Supreme Court ruled 30 years ago that death was an excessive penalty for the aggravated rape of a 16 year-old girl. But Mr. Cruz said that decision implicitly left open the door for capital punishment for the rape of children in referring to that victim as an adult.
“The damage inflicted on this 8-year-old girl … will remain with her every day of her life,” Mr. Cruz said. “The Constitution does not prohibit elected legislatures from making the determination that the most egregious forms of child rape should permit the jury to impose the most serious sentence.”
 
But the prospect of capital punishment could lead to fewer abuses being reported because most child sexual abuse is committed by someone known to and even loved by the victims, said Judy Benitez, executive director of Louisiana Federation Against Sexual Assault. The group is leading a coalition of victims groups opposed to applying the death penalty for child rapes, including the Texas Association Against Sexual Assault.
 
“These are extremely manipulative people,” she said. “They say to the child, ‘If you tell, you’re going to make the police come and take me away, and then how is Mom going to pay the bills.’ They put it very much on the child.”
 
The groups also argue that if the death penalty can be imposed for child rape, it could make some offenders more likely to kill their victims to prevent them from testifying, she said.
Aside from the moral arguments, David Bruck, executive director of the Virginia Capital Case Clearinghouse at Washington and Lee Law School, said Mr. Cruz and the lawyers for Louisiana face serious legal hurdles.
 
“The Supreme Court doesn’t take very many easy cases, but this should be one,” he said. “The rape of a child is not the same as killing a child, that’s basically what the court said [in 1977]. … Horrible as the crime is, it is not equivalent.”
 
Mr. Bruck said the court could strike down the Louisiana law and leave Texas’ statute intact because it more narrowly restricts cases in which the death penalty could apply. A ruling is expected later this year.
 
Arguments for and against allowing the execution of those who sexually assault children:
AGAINST
Execution is “cruel and unusual punishment” when applied to child rape cases because the Supreme Court already ruled that it is excessive in rape cases when the victim was not also killed.
 
Executions for child rape mean the penalties for rape and murder are the same so an offender may be more likely to kill a victim.
 
Executing child rapists may make it more likely for some child sexual abuse to go unreported.
 
Louisiana’s law, the subject of the case being argued today, is too broad because it could apply to any rape of a child under 12, not just the most egregious.
 
FOR:

 Execution is not necessarily barred by previous rulings as excessive for all rape cases, merely for the rape of an adult woman.
 
Violent rape of a child is particularly egregious and shows “a degree of manifest evil, that is qualitatively” different from other rapes.
 
Society’s moral standards are evolving to recognize the horror and damage caused by child rape and impose stricter punishments on perpetrators.
 
Louisiana’s aggravated rape law, which also includes rape of the elderly, allows the death penalty only for rape of children under 12.

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Special thanks to Former Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn

click here to read the Texas Medicaid Fraud News Reports and Investigation Findings on Its Almost Tuesday’s Medicaid Fraud Page.

In working with abuse cases, government systems, and foster care, there are many obstacles & tragedies on a daily basis.

We fight a system enormously large by comparison (to a single mom on aol) who has the money, resources, and capabilities to win, much moreso than the mom on aol. In the nastiness of red tape, lies, cover-ups, confidentiality excuses, conspiracies, money driven mistakes that cost lives & much more insanity than one would ever expect out of our own government systems

( particularly one in place to “protect children”.)

We see very few rewards.

Many advocates burn out.

By August of 2004 they finally, after much pressure, told me 3 of the medications they put him on. I had requested, demanded, and begged to know what they were giving my son who was coming to visitations acting different.

One visit he would be hyper and non-stop talking – rambling, so fast his mind would be thinking ten thoughts ahead, and he’d get stuck in a stutter from not being able to keep up. The next visit he’d be so groggy and sleepy, despondent, falling asleep mid-sentence, and unable to communicate or think clearly.

I knew it was drugs he was receiving by the foster care system he was thrown into… but which ones? and why? He’d never been on medications prior to foster care (and hasn’t since – to my knowledge).

I began writing letters. I wrote letters to everyone.

I wrote to the news station, the inspector general’s office, the local media, the CCHR, the medical board, the courts, etc., etc.,

Anyone and everyone received a letter from me. I wrote, last time I recall, approximately 1500 letters in the first couple months, begging for help with my fight for my son. But I kept getting no response. I kept seeing this happening to my child, and other children, and my pleas for help falling on deaf ears.

Except for Comptroller Carole Keeton Strayhorn. She listened. I just didn’t know it … yet. I had written her, among the masses, and she actually wrote me back, herself. I was so proud of that letter, and valued it as it was the only effort I saw return to me. As time went by, and I saw little results of my efforts, my hope dwindled, and my case closing and not in my favor.

I had put up a webpage in November/December accusing the Texas county & cps of medicaid fraud and overdrugging our children; and by the end of my case, my son’s name was changed, I was placed under a gag order (now lifted) and I haven’t seen him nor talked to him in over 3 years.

Needless to say I fell … headfirst… into a deep despair & desperation. I had to figure out life without my son, and I’ve never succeeded in that. I doubt I will. The pain is as fresh when I let it come out to the surface as it was then, only difference is I’ve learned how to numb my emotions by separating my memories from myself, and it doesn’t really work, only helps.

Then I look at a page and I read one more article I run across about the work the Comptroller’s done in Forgotten Children, from April 2004, the time my son was taken from me. Although I run this blog and a few others, I do not dive headfirst into the work as I did before – I burnt out. Sometimes I read another CPS case, and I get sick, literally, and throw up.

The trauma its cause my family, my daughter and our relationship, and my entire life and that of my children’s’ is unimaginable. IT cannot ever be repaired; ever. So when I read the Medicaid Fraud investigation concerning psychotropic medications given needlessly to foster children for profit, launched December 16th, 2004 – it hits me hard – considering it was that time when I was writing to Carole Strayhorn begging for help.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn helped.

Foster Children: Texas Health Care Claims Study — Special Report is available as a PDF file (3.8 MB). If you do not already have it, you will need to download Adobe Acrobat Reader to view and print the PDF file.

Carole Keeton Strayhorn listened.

Thank you from the bottom of my heart Grandma Strayhorn!!

Thank you from the bottom of my heart. You made me realise that everything does, in fact, happen for a reason, and that our pain may not have been in vain…. for the 2008 implementation of the changes in the system for providing health care to foster children is proof that something changed. Something.

I just pray we made a difference for the children.

I fought and fought & because I had gone into despair so tragically after losing a losing battle, I left the state of Texas for a long while, and never turned on ews, internet re: cps, or anything related. It was far too painful. Now, nearly 4 years since this nightmare I lived through was written by my fingers on this very same keyboard I type on today, my letters reached – and were read…. and I am reaping the feelings of that one little reward in my work, and it is good. It is real good. So good I cried and laughed at the same time.

I only pray we made a difference and continue to make a difference for the forgotten children I’ll always remember – because one of them was mine.

Again, thank you, to everyone who read. We needed you & you listened.


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Collin County Father Talks to Its Almost Tuesday

I received an email from the Collin County father asking me to let you all know that they have a full feature film coming out, all proceeds go to their children in a trust fund.

He says they are still fighting to get them back thru the court system in Collin County Texas. They have spent hundreds of thousands of dollars trying to fix this very flawed cps system.

He says, “We know we can not change what happened to our family. We hope we will be able to help other families in the future.”

With that in mind, “any other families from Collin County Texas that have been thrown into the Collin County CPS system, or who have beecn ordered to take parenting classes, domestic abuse classes, psycological examanations, anger management classes etc when found not guilty or ruled out for abuse, please contact Its Almost Tuesday.

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Before he was caught for child rape….


Who was he, before he was a convicted pedophile? He was the reason a child’s life was destroyed.

After PLEADING GUILTY to several counts of aggravated SEXUAL ASSAULT ON A MINOR, COMPELLING PROSTITUTION, and SEXUAL PERFORMANCE BY A CHILD, Ronnie Cummings was the instigator & co-conspirator in a plot to separate another little boy and his mother. Why would he do such a thing? Out of malice & out of spite following a divorce that left him holding a permanent protective order and a $50,000.00 past due child support bill.

The end result was a little boy, who. at 8 years old, was very aware of the situations around him. He was very bonded to his mother, and was ripped from his home, put into a foster home (where his fear of being kidnapped began); and ultimately, he was abused in foster care, overmedicated by the government to the point of seizures and medical side effects, and he lost his mother & stepfather who raised him, his dog, his friends, home, and life.

During the entire time he ruined that little boys life, he was molesting other children. Ronnie Cummings is a danger to children, and should he be returned to society, would, undoubtedly, re-offend.

The little boy’s mother has not seen him in 3 years. She does not even have a recent picture. The child is out there somewhere but the mother is restrained from coming close to him, even if she did find him, because of the false allegations made by this PEDOPHILE and the coverup the State of Texas scrambled to create to erase their mistakes when they GRANTED VISITATION TO A CHILD MOLESTER after they IGNORE WARNINGS BY THE MOTHER.

So the mother is put to rest when they change the child’s name, put her under a gag order, and threaten jail time if she doesn’t leave it alone.

Thanks Patrick Wilson – Your signing of a reduction in charges FOR A CHILD MOLESTER just took the ONLY peace, serenity, and dreamless sleep that mother had, knowing that monster who didn’t just molest a child he was convicted for.

Ronnie Cummings also terrorized another family, ripped apart a little boy’s life, and it happened because of people like you … people who let Ronnie Cummings get away with his actions. It is in this allowance that Ronnie Cummings (and other abusers) grow bolder and bolder. What next?

Patrick Wilson – you are just like the rest of the pedophiles you support in Ellis County, Texas, sickening.

CLICK HERE TO LISTEN to a recording of a visit that reveals what really happens in the Texas Foster Care System.

He came to the visit bruised and bloody on December 22nd, just before Christmas.

He had been “stoned” with rocks by 3 foster brothers while the foster parent watched but did not stop the incident from happening.

The child went unconscious.

The foster parents did not get the child medical attention.

When asked about the incident, the CPS worker said “I have no idea, I just transport the children…”

This was to make-up a visit canceled the day before in an attempt by Collin County Childrens’ Advocacy Center, to hide the child’s injuries.

On the prior day, the foster parents had falsely told the child that his mother did not show up for the visit. Meanwhile, the CPS worker falsely told the mother the foster parents ‘forgot’ to bring him.

Only after throwing a fit did they allow this make-up visit, which gave the mother an opportunity to find out the truth.

The child and his mother were only allowed to see each other

only one more time after the mother recorded the child’s injuries.

The child arrived overdosed on improper medications they “forgot” the child was not supposed to take, according to what the child told his mother. His hands were frozen in a seizure like position, and his body shook uncontrollably.

He arrived at the visit carrying a realistic gun in his pocket, a toy the foster children were given and taught how to shoot guns in target practice (while taking these improper medications). At the time this child was only 8 years old.

The following visit took place December 2004 at a Texas CPS Children’s Advocacy Center between an 8 year old child and his mother.

This child’s case was ruled out for physical abuse at his natural home, but the same cannot be said for his foster home.

He had been removed and placed in foster care where he was…actually… abused…

Upon questioning throughout this visit, the mother learns that the child had been told by the foster family that he didn’t go to the visit the day before because the mother did not show up. That simply was not true. The foster family “forgetting to bring him” wasn’t true either.

Were they trying to cover up his injuries…..?

The child was, after this visit, removed from that home, and placed in kinship care, however, the mother only saw her child one more time after this visit….

Ruled out for physical abuse at home, taken and placed in state’s care to be abused… and then his injuries attempted to be covered up…

child protective services …? protecting who?

Its been nearly 3 years since this incident occured. Case has been closed for some time now, but nobody was ever held accountable for the abuse against this child, nor to the family for the suffering it caused. The mother has not seen the child in over 2 years, and remember – no abuse had occurred – ruled out – the CPS administrative review sustained a finding that the mother had a history of a drug use and was uncooperative with a non-conforming attitude towards the system; but no injuries to the child.

In fact, the caseworker herself states that the mother interacts appropriately with the child, that the case is not so much a case of child abuse, but rather an ongoing custody battle.

In the child’s interview with the social worker the child specifically states that he is not abused, unhappy, harmed, afraid, or otherwise feels in danger with his mom.

2 years since she’s seen him.

Now its time for the truth.


Click here to listen to the audio recording as you read the transcripts below.

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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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How many more in Collin County Texas? Let us know…

I would like to comment on the article I posted Disgusted with the system: cbs11tv.com – North Texas Man Fighting For Custody Of His Kids

and thank the blogger who originally posted it, Louise, whose blog Disgusted With The System, is one of my favorites.

Collin County, Texas seems to have a trend in their cases with CPS and the social services system. I have on my site, alone, 3 cases from Collin County, and I know there are more.

I’d love to hear from you if you have a case you’d like published on my blog or if you have any questions or comments.

If you want to privately send me email you can do so at itsalmosttuesday@gmail.com

Thank you to everyone who supports our children and families, preserving the parents right to be a parent.