GALVESTON, Texas – A Texas City woman was sentenced to 52 years in jail after she and her husband sexually assaulted a minor for over three years, authorities said.
Aimee Charlene Orgo, 37, and her husband Matthew Bryan Orgo, 44, were arrested on Oct. 28, 2015 and charged with multiple counts of sexual abuse. The couple was transported to the Galveston County Jail and both were charged with sexual performance by a child and two charges of sexual assault of a child. The husband was given an additional charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.
According to the Texas City Police Department, the 16-year-old victim testified about the sexual abuse that occurred from August 2013 to October 2015. The abuse was reported to the child’s school, which prompted the police investigation.
After hearing closing arguments on Mar. 3, the jury offered Aimee Orgo 20 years in prison for each of the sexual assault cases and 12 years for the sexual performance by a child case. She will serve each sentence consecutively, which equates to 52 years in prison. She will be required to serve at least half of each sentence before being eligible for parole in 26 years.
Once released from prison, Aimee Orgo will be required to register every 90 days as a sex offender for the rest of her life.
Mathew Orgo is currently awaiting trial in the Galveston County Jail. His trial date is set for Mar. 27.
YAKIMA COUNTY, Wash. -- A Yakima woman is facing charges of child rape and child molestation.
Court papers said Jacklynne Lister, 23, had sexual relations with a 13-year-old boy at least three times. Court documents said Lister was a close friend of a relative and knew the victim since he was little.
Their relationship was discovered after the victim told his grandmother he needed to be treated for sexually transmitted diseases.
Yakima police obtained Facebook messages exchanged between Lister and the victim, where she reportedly told him not to tell anyone.
Lister is out of jail as part of the pre-trial release program. She will be back in court later this month.
The victim of sexual abuse by Samantha Werkheiser was "the most vulnerable amongst us," a judge said Friday in sentencing the former Binghamton dance teacher to 15 years in state prison.
Although Werkheiser, twice convicted of abusing a child who was 6 years old, adamantly maintained that she was innocent and the subject of a "witch hunt," Broome County Court Judge Joseph Cawley said he was "absolutely confident" she was guilty of the crime: a felony charge of first-degree course of sexual conduct against a child.
"The harm that you have done ... is a torment no one, least of all a child, should have to go through," Cawley told Werkheiser, 37, who will additionally spend 20 years on supervised release following the prison term. She will also have to register as a sex offender.
Werkheiser sexually abused a child — she's now 18 — between 2003 and November 2007 in a City of Binghamton residence, special prosecutor Tom Jackson said. In court Friday, he pushed for the maximum penalty of 25 years.
The now-18-year-old woman is a close relative of the defendant, and although the accuser's name was disclosed in open court, this news organization does not identify victims of sexual assault. She reported the allegations to Binghamton police in August 2011.
Werkheiser's conviction enables her to appeal to a higher court. She was previously found guilty, but the state appeals court later determined legal errors warranted a new trial.
Emotions at Friday's sentencing ran the gamut of heartbroken sadness to seething hatred — the victim stormed out of the courtroom as Werkheiser professed that she still cares about her accuser and maintains the accusations were concocted by her ex-husband.
Facing Werkheiser at sentencing, the victim sobbed as she questioned whether she would ever be able to heal from this.
For years, she said, she has been unable to find meaningful relationships and the pain she has lived with has left her feeling hollow inside because of the abuses Werkheiser committed.
"She took away my childhood," the victim said in court. "I'm bitter because I can't get that 18 years of my life back."
Reading from a prepared statement, Werkheiser sobbed herself, saying she believes her accuser's testimony was coerced and that hopefully, one day the truth would be revealed.
"As God as my witness, I have never sexually abused ... any child," Werkheiser proclaimed, facing the courtroom ceiling. "God is with me and he knows the truth. He is my judge."
From the courtroom gallery, one man muttered "Liar," upon hearing Werkheiser's declaration of innocence.
Public defenders Mike Baker and Jonathan Rothermel argued in the trial that no physical evidence or witness testimony could corroborate the sex abuse allegations.
On Friday, Rothermel argued for leniency and said, "This is incredibly difficult for everybody involved."
Jackson says a key element of the prosecution's case was testimony from Werkheiser's accuser, who recounted abuses in graphic detail: sexual contact in a bathtub, as well as performing "inspections" on her body, among other acts.
This story, Jackson said, was told by the victim in crystal-clear detail multiple times over the years in different courtrooms — Family Court, the grand jury, and trials held in Broome and Tioga counties.
In evaluating the most appropriate punishment, Jackson said Friday, it's important to consider just how severe Werkheiser's crime ranks on the scale. The law allowed for a sentence as low as five years.
Jackson said this abuse rendered the victim feeling helpless, unable to escape it for years, and still questioning her own self-worth. Werkheiser committed "countless acts of sex abuse," Jackson said before asking, "Is there conduct that could be possibly worse?"
Werkheiser previously owned Creative Dance Elements, a dance studio on Water Street in Binghamton.
Her wife, Julie Werkheiser, was convicted of similar sexual abuses against two children between the ages of 6 and 8, who were also her dance students at Studio J Dance on Broad Street in the Village of Waverly, between July 2006 and November 2007.
Julie Werkheiser, 40, is serving a prison sentence of 11 years to life after being convicted in a Tioga County Court trial.
The courtroom Friday was filled on one side with more than a dozen of Werkheiser's supporters, former dance students and their parents included. Seats on the other end of the gallery were taken up by just as many supporters of the victim.
Cawley, who found Werkheiser guilty after two weeks of deliberating, noted Friday he reviewed 27 letters of support from a wide range of community residents attesting to Werkheiser's good character and willingness to help others.
But it was the victim's trial testimony, Cawley said, that ultimately proved more convincing.
MIDWAY (WATE) – A Roane County high school janitor has been charged with statutory rape.
Jessica Galyon, 29, is charged with sexual battery by an authority figure, aggravated statutory rape and statutory rape by an authority figure.
Court documents indicate Galyon is accused of making sexual conduct with a person between 13 and 18 during a time she had supervisory or disciplinary power over them.
A Roane County Sheriff’s Office report said they had been called in October when Midway High School officials learned that Galyon, who had been working there as a janitor, had been sending and receiving sexual Facebook messages with a student.
Galyon was taken into custody on Thursday and released on $15,000 bond.
Roane County Director of Schools Leah Watkins says Galyon was not an employee of the school system but rather a contractor. She has been barred from school property.
A 20-year-old woman sexually assaulted a 13-year-old after standing naked in front of her.
Sian Donnachieadmitted inciting the teen into sexual activity and possessing indecent images of children at Gloucester Crown Court.
The court heard how Donnachie had stripped down in front of the girl between November 2014 and November 2015.
She was found with six Category B indecent images of children and 19 Category C images between June 2013 and July 2015.
Marc Hill, 27, has already pleaded guilty to sexually assaulting the same girl and inciting her to engage in sexual activity and having sexual activity with her between November 2013 and November 2014.
Donnachie, from Cirencester in Gloucestershire, was granted unconditional bail and will be sentenced at a later date.
Judge Jamie Tabor QC told her: 'This is a troubling case. The difficulty in this case is to separate lure and fantasy from reality. It is a case of sufficient gravity and sensitivity.'
Hill, 27, also of Cirencester, has previously admitted nine sex charges. He admitted inciting a different girl, also under 16, to send him indecent photographs.
Hill has pleaded guilty to two charges of making indecent photos of children and two of distributing such images to Donnachie between June 2013 and July 2015.
And he admitted one further charge of making 53 Category C indecent images of children in the same period of time.
“There would not have been really any utility to hurrying through an investigation so we just wanted to make sure it was complete,” he told News 10.
The Sheriff’s Office said investigators “initiated an investigation that alleged Ms. Fletcher had sexual-related contact with three students from Mount Shasta High School.
“The alleged sexual misconduct involved three minor boys, and the investigation revealed the offences occurred in unincorporated areas of Siskiyou County within a period encompassing several weeks prior to the initial report by school officials of Mt. Shasta Police Department.
“No school employees were involved in the alleged misconduct.
“School officials, when they became aware there could be inappropriate misconduct associated with the interactions between the suspect and students, promptly notified law enforcement investigators.”
Fletcher has been bailed and is due in court on March 22.