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Cameron County TX DA’s Office Making A Difference

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Cameron County TX DA’s Office Cares About All Children

Cameron County Child Abuse Unit works to aid those in need

Cameron County, TX  –  Often, the person who sexually abuses a child is someone the child knows or trusts.

When Cameron County Assistant District Attorney Patrick Rodriguez first started working for the Child Abuse Unit, he was surprised to find that many times, the sexual abuse is happening quietly.

“I always felt that sexual assaults were something loud and vicious, but a lot of what we see is a silent horror,” Rodriguez said.  “It’s quietly an uncle (or another family member) molesting a child.”

Right now, the CameronCountyDA’s Office is working on 50 cases pertaining to child abuse, but more are always coming in.

Not every incident that is reported makes it to court or even the Child Abuse Unit’s desk.  Investigators may determine that there is not sufficient evidence for a case, or if the case does reach the unit, witnesses may drop the charges or change what they say, said Brandy Bailey, supervisor of the child abuse unit.

“We’ve had quite a few cases where the mothers or grandmothers will say that it didn’t happen.  That’s why it’s so important we all have that relationship with the therapists and professionals,” Bailey said.

Law enforcement helps, too, with the amount of evidence and statements it is able to provide for a case, Rodriguez said.

Gabriela Cruz, the Child Abuse Unit’s paralegal, helps keep the unit running, too, said Yvette Vela, public information officer for the DA’s Office.

TX Child Abuse Suspect Takes Own Life

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Daryl Elliott, 56, barricaded himself inside an apartment.

Child Abuse suspect kills himself as deputies try to arrest him in Dallas

A child abuse suspect killed himself during a standoff with authorities trying to arrest him Tuesday night at a northeast Dallas apartment.

Two warrant officers were attempting to serve a felony warrant about 9 p.m. when Daryl Elliott, 56, barricaded himself inside an apartment in the 7500 block of Holly Hill Drive, sheriff’s office spokeswoman Melinda Urbina said.

Officers attempted to negotiate with Elliott, but he did not surrender.  Hours later, they heard a gunshot inside the apartment, Urbina said.

They entered to find Elliott had died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Officers didn’t fire their weapons during the incident, Urbina said.

He was convicted for two charges of injury to a child or elderly person.

He faced two charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child, which were eventually dismissed. 

Not Funday For TX Teacher

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Jarrod Cook, 29,(Top Left) teaches science at North Crowley High School.

Ft Worth Teacher Busted In OnlIne
Predator Sting

FT WORTH, TX   –  A Fort Worth high school teacher was arrested on suspicion of online solicitation of a minor after a sting operation caught the 29-year-old man trying to meet with a person he believed to be a teenage girl for sex, police said.  Six other men also were arrested.

Jarrod Cook, who teaches science at North Crowley High School, has been placed on administrative leave pending the result of an investigation, the district said.  He was hired in August 2016.

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Men accused of On-Line Solicitation of a Child.

The sting involved investigators posing as girls and boys ages 13 to 15, according to the Fort Worth Star-Telegram.  The seven suspects went to an agreed location to have sexual contact with a person they believed to be a teenage girl.

Cook responded to a post on the Whisper app titled “Sunday funday?” that he thought was a 15-year-old girl.  Cook told the poster,” “I think it’s kinda hot that you’re young and inexperienced,” according to an arrest affidavit obtained by the newspaper.

Cook continued to communicate with the “girl” in a sexual nature, including sending a photo of himself and a photo of a penis before asking to meet with her, the affidavit said.

Six others arrested were Douglas Hammonds, 63; Gary Gibson, 55; Donny Stringer, 59; James Marshall, 26; Zachary Blakley, 20; and Geronimo Farias, 32.

Arlington police, the Tarrant County sheriff’s office, Texas Department of Public Safety Criminal Investigations Division in Hurst and the Department of Homeland Security Investigations assisted Fort Worth police in the sting.

Child Predator Caught In Irving

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Kenneth Dewayne Roblez, 38, who made lewd comments to young girls in Grapevine and Plano has been arrested.

Grapevine Child Predator In Custody

GRAPEVINE, TX  – The search for a man who is being called a child predator in North Texas is over.

“When WE THE PEOPLE are told, ‘The Search Is Over’, does this mean it’s over AGAIN until the next time, or does this mean that it is FINALLY OVER, and this Sewer Rat will never have the chance, much less the opportunity to traumatize another Child, nor Parent, ever again????”
Robert StrongBow

Police say the man who made lewd comments to young girls in Grapevine and Plano has been arrested.

Kenneth Dewayne Roblez, 38, was taken into custody in the 3500 block of North Belt Line Road on Friday afternoon, Grapevine Police say.

#BreakingNews SUSPECT #ARRESTED Registered sex offender Kenneth Roblez is now in custody – arrested in Irving. pic.twitter.com/QNnSKfj3v9
— Grapevine Police (@GrapevinePolice) October 6, 2017

Before the lunch hour on Friday, police in Plano released a short video of a man they were looking for.  Officials with the Plano Police Department told a CBS 11 News crew that the person was spotted three times in their city, with two incidents being reported to authorities.

It is now also believed that the suspect in Plano is Roblez, who was involved in several disturbing incidents that occurred in Grapevine.

It was on September 23 when police in Plano received a report of a man making lewd comments at a Walmart store.  One day later, there was another report about a man lifting up the skirt of an 11-year-old girl at a Target store.  On September 30, the same man was seen at another Target store in Plano, but there were no criminal reports made.

Please share this surveillance video of a suspect inside Target who made lewd comments involving children.  If you know him call 817.410.8127 pic.twitter.com/1GiC2MNHGN
— Grapevine Police (@GrapevinePolice) October 4, 2017

Meanwhile, police conducting a separate investigation in Grapevine released photos and surveillance video of Roblez.  They believe the 38-year-old sex offender is the person who made lewd comments to a 9-year-old girl and made sexually suggestive comments to a mother about her 11-year-old.

MI Father Charged With Child Abuse

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Matthew Lee Virgin, 27, was arrested for first degree child abuse.

Baby’s checkup leads to Child Abuse charges against metro Detroit father

HARRISON TOWNSHIP, MI  –  Deputies from the Macomb County Sheriff’s Office were called to St. John Hospital in Detroit for a child abuse complain involving a two-month-old from Harrison Township.

The child was originally taken into her doctor’s office for a scheduled visit and then transferred to the hospital after showing possible signs of abuse.

She is currently in stable condition.

Deputies and detectives searched the child’s home and spoke with several people, including the child’s parents.

Her father, 27-year-old Matthew Lee Virgin was taken into custody and lodged at the Macomb County Jail for child abuse.

He was issued a warrant for one count of first degree child abuse by the Macomb County Prosecutor’s Office.