Thursday, February 16, 2006

This just in from our Brownsville correspondant

Items to note:
It is against the law to not report this
They publish his address
At least it wasnt a sheep

Only in Brownsville; and as Frank said the dog thing is only a misdemeanor!



Girlfriend of man in ‘bizarre’ sex case charged

BY SERGIO CHAPA
The Brownsville Herald

A 23-year-old woman who turned in her boyfriend now faces criminal charges of her own in what police called a “twist” to a “bizarre” case.

Police say the boyfriend videotaped himself having sex with a 9-year-old girl in one encounter and with a Pomeranian in another.

Jail records show that Claudia Rodriguez was booked as a material witness in the case Wednesday night but charged Thursday afternoon with failure to report the aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Rodriguez’s boyfriend, Jesus DeLeon, remains in custody under more than $1.2 million in bonds on charges of possession of child pornography, sexual performance of a child and two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

Police are still investigating whether the 25-year-old man distributed the images over the Internet.

Brownsville Police Sgt. Jimmy Manrrique said DeLeon and Rodriguez each revealed that she knew about the sex tape for several days or weeks before she reported it on Saturday.

“It’s just another twist in a very bizarre story,” Manrrique said. “It’s beyond me why she wouldn’t immediately turn it over.”

Texas law requires anyone who witnesses a sexual assault of a child to help the child or report it to authorities immediately.

Rodriguez initially told police that DeLeon threatened her and her children, but Manrrique said later interviews revealed that did not occur. He said she did not turn in the tape of her own free will but had been compelled to do so by friends.

“I want to make it clear that we’re not punishing her for reporting it, but she should have reported it a lot earlier,” he said. “She shouldn’t have been compelled to do it.”

Rodriguez is expected to be arraigned this morning in a Brownsville Police Department courtroom

Under state law, failure to report a sexual assault of a child is Class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine.

Under state law, failure to report a sexual assault of a child is Class A misdemeanor punishable up to one year in jail and/or a $4,000 fine.

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