PORT ORCHARD, Wash. (AP) - Jurors have found a Washington man guilty of 15 of 22 crimes he was charged with, including five counts of child rape
The Kitsap Sun reports 45-year-old Melford Warren Jr. was also found guilty Thursday of aggravators related to those charges, which means Warren could receive a life sentence.
Warren was tried in absentia after multiple courtroom outbursts.
Prosecutors say Warren terrorized, isolated and assaulted his family, which includes two women and their dozen children.
He also faced assault charges for alleged attacks on the women, but the jury didn't reach consensus on those counts. Jurors also hung on two counts of assault on the children and acquitted on three counts of assault and criminal mistreatment on them.
Defense attorney Adrian Pimentel questioned some of the children's credibility.
A north Rhea County man is facing a charge of rape of childafter the Rhea County Grand Jury handed down the indictment earlier this month, according to county law enforcement officials.
48-year-old Richard D. Jordan is facing the charge after investigators claim he raped a girl under the age of 5-years-old.
Jordan was indicted by the grand jury on Monday, December 5th, and he was arrested the next day, according to jail records.
Rhea County Sheriff’s Department Investigator Rocky Potter said his department’s investigation into the alleged rape began in September.
“We had received a referral from [the victim’s] family member that had called the state’s child abuse hotline,” Potter said.
Investigators said the girl was interviewed at the Child Advocacy Center in Chattanooga, and a medical exam was performed.
“She gave clear details about being touched inappropriately by Mr. Jordan,” Potter said.
While Jordan refused to talk to investigators while the case was under review, Potter said law enforcement officials were able to gather enough evidence by talking to other witnesses and the victim’s family members to take before a grand jury.
“This all led us to believe that there was no doubt that the assault occurred,” Potter said.
Jordan was arrested and charged with one count of rape of child, a felony, and according to jail records his bond was set at $100,000. He was still incarcerated as of press time Tuesday and a court appearance is set for Thursday, Dec. 22.
Potter said that Jordan was already on the state’s sex offender registry after having served time in prison on a similar charge nearly 10 years ago.
A NEWTON Abbot man has been jailed for six years for grooming and raping a child.
Thomas Graham Wilson, 24, admitted nine serious sexual offences against the victim when he appeared at Exeter Crown Court.
The court was told his offending, which continued over a prolonged period, had a 'devastating effect' on the child.
Wilson used planning and alcohol to deliberately groom the victim, the court heard.
David Sapiecha, mitigating, said Wilson had suffered with dyslexia and been bullied as a child. He said he had lost all his friends and would have to live with the stigma of what he had done.
"Society as a whole would benefit from a sentence which would not crush the resolve but give him an opportunity to improve with a date to look to and start his life properly."
Judge Geoffrey Mercer QC said if Wilson had been an adult throughout the offending he would have been sent to prison for 20 years after a trial.
But he said he could reduce the sentence due to his immaturity and guilty pleas which had spared the victim the emotional trauma of a jury trial.
Judge Mercer said: "The appropriate sentence must have regard to your age, your immaturity and credit for a guilty plea. At the same time I must consider the severity of the offences, the effect upon the victim. I've read and been moved by their statement. It has had a devastating effect."
Wilson, of Webster Place, was made the subject of a Sexual Harm Prevention Order banning him from contact with children, and put on the Sex Offender Register for life.