Browsing: Sex Crimes

jack-warmolts-facebook-3Breakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: While Warmolts will have to spend time county jail, the sentence stipulated by the pact keeps him out of prison. This kind of comparatively light punishment for sex crimes involving white, college-age defendants has upset critics on the national level, as in the case of convicted Stanford rapist Brock Turner. Westword has the story.

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Houston police believe a 30-year-old man being held on two sexual assault charges may have committed at least six sexual assaults in southeast Houston since May.

David E. Beard has been in Harris County Jail since October 5, after two women identified him as their attacker, according to a Houston Police Department press release. Beard allegedly had a very peculiar M.O.

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As John Wilson cooked dinner for his family in March 2010, an eerie silence filled their cozy Plantation home. Usually around 6 p.m. on a school day, the place was bustling. Four kids were asking about dinner or playingvideogames. John, a mild-mannered musician with salt-and-pepper hair and rimless glasses, figured his 4-year-old son and 10-year-old stepson were just watching TV on the couch. Hours earlier, his other stepson ­— a withdrawn, six-foot-tall, 200-pound seventh-grader named Brian — had been sent to his bedroom.

John looked around for his only daughter, 4-year-old Evie. She was nowhere to be seen. He patrolled the house, searching for the bashful little girl with blond bangs, and paused when he reached the hallway that led toward the children’s bedrooms. The second door on the right, Brian’s room, was slightly ajar. John could hear Evie’s faint, high-pitched cries: “Stop it! Please, it hurts!”

John barged in. Brian was kneeling over Evie on the bed. The preschooler was naked from the waist down, and her chubby thighs were spread open like a toy doll’s. Between them, Brian had inserted the dull wooden end of a meat skewer. John snapped and knocked Brian aside.

“What are you doing?!” he screamed.

austin.wilkerson.rapistBreakfast reading from the Voice Media Empire: Wilkerson’s prosecutors asked for prison time for his actions, which involved an ultra-creepy sex assault on a defenseless victim — but like the Stanford rapist, he got a comparative wrist slap. A petition calling for the ouster of the judge who sentenced him has collected many thousands of signatures — and here’s why. Westword has the story.

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He didn’t want to go to sleep, because sleep meant nightmares, and nightmares meant reliving a rape.

Courtney Richardson, incarcerated in the Harris County Jail on charges of vehicular manslaughter, thought he was going crazy, and in many ways, he was. His eyes were so red from lack of sleep that it looked like he had been on drugs. He told the jail’s mental health staff he had been tempted with thoughts of suicide — the nightmares would stop then — and so he was placed in solitary confinement for more than a month, stripped of his clothes and given only a protective suicide blanket. He hated it there but, still, was fearful of leaving his cell, scared he would run into the guard he says sexually assaulted him on March 7.

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