Tag Archives: sex crimes

  • School employee accused of online solicitation of a minor

    Fifty-two-year-old Jeffrey Scott Miller, who was a teacher’s aide at Trinity Meadows Intermediate School in Keller, lost his job on Friday, October 21 after he was arrested for charges of online solicitation of a minor.

    Miller was one of eight people who were arrested on suspicion of being a child predator by agents with the Texas Attorney General’s Office’s child exploitation unit and fugitive apprehension unit. Miller admitted that he communicated with who he believed to be a woman, 35, and her daughter, 14, and that he went to Rockwall to perform sexual acts with both the adult and the youth, a press release from the AG’s office showed.

    Online solicitation of a minor is a second-degree felony that carries with it a punishment of two to 20 years in jail. Investigators who pretended to be children were solicited for sex by all eight men during the sting operation.

    Being charged with criminal offenses can lead to serious consequences for the person being charged because a conviction carries hefty penalties such as long imprisonment terms and heavy fines. If you are charged with such an offense in Dallas or another area of Texas, seek the legal representation of our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter by calling our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

  • Ex-drama teacher in Fort Worth makes guilty plea to child porn charge

    24-year-old Watauga, Texas resident Matthew Anthony Keller is facing a statutory rape penalty of not less than 15 years and not more than 30 years of federal imprisonment, a $50,000 fine, and a lifetime of supervised release. These penalties come after he made a guilty plea to one count of production of child pornography on Wednesday, October 19.

    Keller, who is a former drama teacher at Southwest High School in Fort Worth, has been in prison since he was arrested in July 2016 on a related federal complaint. He is set to be sentenced by United States District Judge Terry Means on March 2, 2017. According to documents filed in reference to the case, the parents of the victim notified a police department in Macomb County, Michigan when they discovered their 15-year-old daughter was having a long-distance relationship with Keller. They were further worried when they found out that Keller had intentions to fly to Michigan from Texas to have sexual encounters with their child.

    When a search warrant was issued to search Keller’s room, police investigators found sexually explicit videos of the minor victim.

    Our attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter are ready to provide defense for our clients who have been charged with criminal offenses in Dallas and other areas in Texas. We use comprehensive, competent, and aggressive legal defense strategies to obtain the most favorable result for the case. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to learn more about your options.

  • Judge in Brock Turner case recuses himself from another sex crime case

    Santa Clara County Judge Aaron Persky, who faced wide criticism for giving a light sentence to 20-year-old Stanford University swimmer and rapist Brock Turner, recused himself from making a major decision in another sex crime case.

    In a statement submitted to the court on Monday, August 22, Persky said: “While on vacation earlier this month, my family and I were exposed to publicity surrounding this case. This publicity has resulted in a personal family situation such that ‘a person aware of the facts might reasonably entertain a doubt that the judge would be able to be impartial.’” According to a report from Mercury News, Stanford Law professor Michele Dauber welcomed the development. Dauber is leading the public outcry for Persky’s recall.

    Our committed team of experienced criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter provide legal services for clients in Dallas and other areas of Texas. We handle cases such as sex crimes charges and juvenile crimes, among others. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007 to discuss your legal case.

  • Man lurking outside children’s dance studio arrested on outstanding warrant

    The Frisco Police Department reported that they had arrested 28-year-old Calvin Joe Rodgers, Jr. after a 911 alerted authorities that Rodgers was seen suspiciously watching people inside a children’s dance studio on Wednesday, Oct. 21.

    Rodgers was wanted on an outstanding warrant after having failed to register as a sex offender following his release from an eight-year prison sentence just last month. He is currently being held at the Collin County Jail without bail. Rodgers is also classified by the Texas sex offender registry as a moderate risk.

    If you are facing criminal charges such as one involving a sex crime, don’t hesitate to seek an experienced legal team to defend your rights. The Dallas lawyers at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter may be able to help you. Call us at (214) 845-7007 to speak with a member of our legal team today.

  • Sexual assault case against Cowboys’ owner dismissed

    The sexual assault lawsuit against the NFL Dallas Cowboys’ owner, president, and general manager Jerry Jones, filed by Jana Weckerly, was dismissed on October 17, the Columbia Daily Tribune reported.

    Weckerly also accused an attorney of Jones of destroying evidence she had of the event – a memory card with photographs – and that she was given money to keep quiet about what happened several years after, all of which Jones vehemently denied. According to Texas District Judge Dale Tillery, even if said allegations were true, the five-year statute of limitations for civil sexual assault cases had already passed.

    The criminal defense attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas know that sexual crimes are often highly sensitive, and we exercise the utmost care when handling the defense of our clients in these cases. If you have been accused of a sex crime in the Dallas area, call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to learn how we may work to protect your interests against these allegations.

  • Man gets 10 years for five counts of indecency with a child

    Frisco soccer coach Kevin Michael Hilty, 43, pleaded guilty to five charges of indecency with a child on August 18 in the Denton County Court, The Dallas Morning News local section reported.

    Hilty was arrested in June 2013. He was advised that going to trial to fight the charges would likely result in a far greater sentence. Therefore, Hilty accepted the plea agreement, plead guilty to all charges, and was sentenced to ten years in prison. Another stipulation of the agreement was giving up his right to appeal.

    If you are facing serious criminal charges in Dallas, it is of primary importance to immediately seek legal counsel. This could be the difference that allows your charges to be reduced or, in some cases, altogether eliminated. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter work tirelessly for the most favorable result for our clients, and may be able to work for you. Call our offices at (214) 845-7007 today to begin building your defense.

  • Man flees country to avoid persecution, faces repercussions 10 years later

    In 1993, 57-year-old Nigerian citizen and Dallas resident Godwin Ojiaku fled the country when he was charged with indecency with a child. Now, over ten years later, he faces federal charge of interstate flight to avoid prosecution, The Dallas Morning News reported on June 1.

    When Ojiaku left a Dallas County criminal court in 2013, his indecency charge had been dismissed due to the accuser’s unwillingness to relive the ten-year-old traumatic experience, and his bail-jumping charge had also been released due to its expiration under the statute of limitations. However, authorities persevered, eventually pinning Ojiaku in federal court under the Fugitive Felon Act with interstate flight to avoid prosecution – a charge which does not have a statute of limitations. He plead guilty to the charge and may serve up to five years in prison. Afterwards, he will likely be deported.

    Ojiaku possesses a criminal history of sexual abuses: he was fired from two jobs for sexual harassment and incurred a charge for reckless injury to a child when he fondled a girl prior to the 2003 incident.

    People charged with sex crimes cannot afford to take their legal representation lightly, for the offense carries with it extreme legal consequences and difficult emotional circumstances. Seek the legal help of our attorneys at Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter in Dallas by dialing (214) 845-7007 if you face a charge of this nature.