By Staff Reports Tulsa World
A Tulsa man was sentenced Tuesday to 115 years in prison for sexually abusing a child family member over the course of three years.
His wife, who is charged with permitting the abuse, as well as drug crimes and obstructing an officer, is set for a jury trial next year, said Assistant District Attorney Andrea Brown.
John Mark Jennings, 61, and Elizabeth Jennings, 52, were charged in April after a 10-year-old family member told police she had been sexually abused by John Jennings, according to court documents.
She reportedly told Elizabeth Jennings about the abuse several times, but police allege in her arrest and booking report that she didn’t report the allegations and allowed the abuse to continue.
The abuse occurred from Dec. 5, 2013, to March 31 of this year, court documents state.
District Judge William LaFortune sentenced John Jennings on four counts of child sexual abuse. He remains in the Tulsa Jail while awaiting transfer to prison. His wife is being held in lieu of $50,000 bond.
An elderly McDonald County man will stand trial Tuesday on child sex abuse charges.
78-year-old William Ballard of Anderson is accused of sexually abusing a 7-year-old girl during the summer of 2015 in McDonald County.
Ballard will also head to court on October 17th on first-degree statutory sodomy charges in Newton County involving a teenager who claims she was abused by Ballard when she was 9 years old.
By: Amy Katcher wdef.com
FORT PAYNE, Ala. (WDEF) – Fort Payne Police make an arrest for child sexual abuse of a child younger than 12 years old.
26-year-old Marbin Narciso Zelaya Rios of Fort Payne was arrested Wednesday and charged with Sexual Abuse of a Child Under the age of 12.
The investigation began after Fort Payne Police Department received information from the Department of Human Resources of Sexual Allegations of a minor child under the age of 12 years old, where Rios was the suspect.
The investigation was conduct by the Fort Payne Police Department, and the Department of Human Resources. Through the course of the investigation, information was obtained to Rios’ involvement to the sexual abuse allegation.
Investigations of this nature are always difficult but successful when the community, the police department, and other agencies such as the Department of Human Resource become involved and work together for the safety of everyone.
Marbin Narciso Zelaya Rios is currently in jail at the Fort Payne City Police Department. He will be transferred to the Dekalb County Jail.
His Bond has been set at $26,000.
ALBION, Mich. (WLNS) – A man on trial in Albion for luring children to his home and then sexually abusing them learned he’ll spend the next 240 years in prison.
Jeffrey Cox, 44, was found guilty of seven counts including the sexual exploitation of a child and possession of child pornography.
6 News learned seven children were involved between 2012 and 2014.
Cox is also ordered to pay almost $5,000 in restitution.
A judge has denied a man accused of sexually assaulting a child a second chance to plead guilty to a lesser crime.
Joseph Shane Paranteau was originally charged with a sex offense for allegedly molesting a 7-year-old girl last year.
Paranteau entered into a non-binding plea agreement with the state that called for him to plead guilty to assault on a minor and carried a recommended two-year commitment to the Department of Corrections followed by three years of probation. Paranteau faced a maximum penalty of 100 years in prison under the original charge
They can't be serious! A plea deal from 100 years to 2 years in prison. How disgusting!
Paranteau attempted to change his plea before District Judge Greg Pinski in late July, however, the only admission Paranteau would make was “forcefully” throwing the child on the couch while “playing.”
The defendant said that behavior was “turned into assault” and he never injured the child. Pinski rejected the plea.
“He can’t admit to assault on a minor,” Pinski told the attorneys before telling them to work something else out.
During that hearing, the child’s father provided a statement to the court about the plea deal.
“This was not a simple assault,” the girl’s father told Pinski.
“I hate to say that’s acceptable,” the man said of the short length of the sentence carried in the plea agreement, “but that’s acceptable.”
The girl’s father said he did not expect to feel a sense of justice in this case.
Paranteau’s court-appointed attorney, Nichole Lovrich, filed a motion Sept. 7 requesting a new change of plea hearing.
“The parties have consulted the case and discussed what went wrong at the last change of plea hearing,” she wrote in the motion.
Lovrich went on to cite the new admission her client was prepared to make: “The defendant admits that he touched (the girl’s) crotch while playing a game.”
The document goes on to say the child was upset after the contact occurred.
Pinski issued a subsequent order denying the request for a new change of plea hearing.
“The Court is concerned about the dramatic change in the Defendant’s testimony,” Pinski wrote. “... Defendant has changed his account of the crime and now apparently admits to (the sex offense) itself.”
Pinski cited case law that supports his decision, saying the court has no obligation to accept a plea after the testimony has changed from a previous plea hearing.
Following that decision, the defense requested the trial date be extended to allow the parties to either prepare for trial or “possibly reach a new plea agreement.”