Dallas basketball player’s killer arrested for sexual assault

April 3, 2017, by Fox4News

A former basketball player at Dallas Madison High School who was charged with murder in 2014 is now accused of sexual assault.

Jonathan Turner was arrested last week at Ranger College, where he now plays college basketball. Ranger is about 80 miles southwest of Fort Worth or 60 miles east of Abilene.

According to the Associated Press, a woman told police she woke up early one morning to find Turner having sex with her. She said he threatened her if she went to authorities.

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5 Ways To Defend Against Date Rape Charges

Texas Date Rape charges are very serious and can carry life changing consequences. If you are being investigated for Texas Date Rape charges you should take immediate action to defend and protect your rights.

1. Don’t Talk To Police. Do not interview with the police with out first consulting an experienced criminal attorney. A criminal lawyer can advise you if any statement should be given to the authorities.

2. Don’t Talk to Friends. Don’t discuss anything about the allegations with any friends or acquaintances. The best way to protect yourself is by silence.

3. Don’t Text. Do not communicate with anyone concerning the allegations through texting or any form of social media. Even if deleted the authorities can always find it. Any statement can be misconstrued.

4. Don’t Talk to The Victim. Do not engage in any conversation with the alleged victim. Any phone call is probably going to be recorded. Any admission can be used against you.

5. Get a Lawyer. When you first hear of a hint that an allegation has been made consult with an experienced Texas Date Rape attorney as soon as possible.


Texas Date Rape and Yes Means Yes Laws

Responding to increased scrutiny on college date rape allegations California Legislators passed a Yes Means Yes law this past week. The new law requires California colleges to adopt a standard of unambiguous consent among students engaging in sex. The law is the latest in efforts to address an increase in reported sexual assaults which occur among college students.

This increased scrutiny has lead to more an more Texas Date Rape charges being filed. The criminal offense for  date rape in Texas falls in the Sexual Assault statute in 22.011.In these types of cases the key fact issue is consent. The alleged offense usually occurs during some type of fraternity mixer that involves lots of drinking. What starts off as a consensual sexual contact then leads to allegations of forced sex without consent.

Texas Date Rape charges are very serious and carry a penalty range of 2 to 20 years. In addition anyone convicted or sentenced to deferred probation  is required to register a sex offender for the remainder of their lives. If you find your self facing this charge consult with a Texas date rape attorney as soon as possible. There are legal defenses available but you must act quickly and seek the guidance of an experienced criminal lawyer as soon as possible.

Dallas Teacher Accused Of Sexual Assault of Students

Dallas residents may have recently read of the arrest of a retired teacher for the felony offenses of Sexual Assault of a Child and Indecency with a Child. The assaults allegedly occurred at the St Anthony School in Carrolton and involve boys between the ages of 14 to 16. The alleged victims are children with learning disabilities. Records indicate the teacher accused received deferred probation for indecent exposure in 1981.

Sexual assault charges involving children are by far the most serious a person can face. Emotions run very high when children are involved and there is great bias against a person accused of such crimes. No doubt in this case the police will investigate to determine if there are additional victims. Prosecutors will be very aggressive with this case and any plea offer will be a very high amount of prison time. Recent changes in the penal code allows prosecutors to put on any extraneous offense involving sexual assault of a child so in this case the jury will likely hear testimony regarding all of the assaults.

Any person charged with sexual assault charges involving children should meet with an experienced criminal attorney who can investigate the case and determine the best course of action. These cases can often only be resolved with a trial so the criminal lawyer involved should have extensive trial experience.


Desoto Teacher Arrested For Sexaul Assault Of Students

A Desoto teacher was arrested on two different charges of sexual assault this past week. The teacher worked in the alternative school in Desoto and is accused of having sex with two different 16 year old boys. According to reports one sexual act was committed in the teachers car and the other was committed at the students home.

Texas sexual assault charges are extremely serious. The penalty range for sexual assault in Texas is  2 to 20 years in prison. Any person convicted of sexual assault is also required to register as a sex offender for the rest of their life. I would not be surprised if prosecutors charge the defendant in this case with Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student which is also carries a 2 to 20 year punishment range.

An aggressive criminal defense attorney can evaluate the evidence in a sexual assault case and recommend a course of action. Each case is different and an experienced criminal attorney may be able to successfully defend against these allegations. There is often no physical evidence and the evidence and the prosecution may rely solely on the accusers testimony. In cases in which the prosecutors have a strong case on guilt an experienced criminal lawyer can often mitigate a defendant’s’ punishment.


College Rape Allegations On The Rise In Texas

Dallas residents may have read news stories in Time Magazine regarding the epidemic of rape allegations on college campuses. Here in Dallas their have been several news stories regarding SMU coming under scrutiny for how it handles rape allegations that occur on campus. These news stories detail how rape allegations have increased across the nation. The allegations almost always involve a date rape scenario when consent is often the primary issue. Drinking and drug use is also a common denominator with these allegations.

Universities and law enforcement agencies are taking a more aggressive approach when these allegations are raised and they do not hesitate to arrest a suspect and charge an individual with sex assault allegations. Texas sex assault charges are extremely serious. Depending on the type of charge the defendant could receive up to a life sentence in prison. Even if the defendant were granted probation he would automatically be registered as a sex offender for life.

Just because a person is charged with a rape allegation does not mean the prosecution can obtain a conviction. There are many ways to defend against these allegations, but in order to do so a person needs the assistance of an experienced sex assault criminal attorney. Often it is necessary to use investigators and experts to build a solid defensible case. These types of allegations should be fought from the beginning and all through the court proceedings.

If you are a loved one is charged with rape allegations contact a Texas sex assault attorney as soon as possible so that he or she can begin working on your case as soon as possible.

Improper Relationship Between Educator & Student Law Broad in Scope

Texas has seen an increase in arrest for the felony offense of Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student in the past year. The majority of the these cases involves a teacher who is accused of being involved in a sexual relationship with a student who is enrolled in at the school the teacher is assigned. However Texas law also covers cases in which the student is enrolled at a different school than the teacher as long as student’s school is in the same school district.

For example if the Teacher worked at a middle school in D.I.S.D. and was accused of a having a sexual relationship with a student in a D.I.S.D. high school the teacher could be prosecuted . There is no requirement that the sexual relationship began when student was enrolled at the same school as the teacher.

Often times the student involved is 17 or 18 years of age and is a legal adult who can consent to a sexual relationship with another adult. The activity only becomes illegal when the adult is a teacher in the Student’s school district. This law has survived constitutional challenges and has been upheld by Texas courts. If you become a target of this type of investigation confer with a criminal attorney before making any statements to law enforcement or school officials.

Ex Deputy Sentenced to Maximum in Sexual Assault Charge in Tarrant County

Dallas area residents may have recently read about a former Tarrant County Sherriff’s deputy Jonathan Helm who was convicted of one count sexual assault and one count prohibited sexual contact of a sixteen year old girl and sentenced to 30 years in prison. The teen was uncooperative with authorities but did testify the ex deputy had sex with her on one occasion. The teen became pregnant and gave birth to a baby girl. The jury took only 20 minutes to sentence Helm to the maximum sentence of 20 years for the sexual assault charge and 10 years for the prohibited sexual contact charge. The trial judge then stacked the sentences which means Helms will have first discharge the 20 year sentence before he begins to serve the 10 year sentence.

Texas sexual assault charges very serious and a judge is allowed to stack sentences for every conviction. If you find yourself charged with  sexual assault you need to consult with a Texas criminal defense attorney as soon  as possible. You have constitutional rights that need to be protected. A Texas  criminal lawyer can also advise you how a criminal investigation will proceed and the best way to protect your rights.

Improper Relationship Between Teacher and Student Cases On the Rise in Texas

2013 showed an increase in the felony charge of Improper Relationship Between Teacher and Student cases in Texas. It seemed like these types of cases were being reported weekly in some part of Texas. Often the charges involved women teachers.

This Charge is a second degree felony which can carry up to twenty years in prison. If you are charged with this type of offence seek the advice of a Texas criminal defense attorney as soon as possible. Speak to a criminal lawyer before you give any statement to the police or school administrators. Any statement you give will be used against you.

Gossip runs rampant in schools and rumors can quickly lead to investigations. If a teacher suspects a student may have said something regarding an improper relationship the teacher should immediately speak to a criminal attorney. Do so before you are approached by a school official or police officer.