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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.

OK Parent Of The Year In Prison Instead

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Deidre Matthews, 50

Oklahoma woman formerly named DHS Adoptive Parent of the Year gets prison time in Child Abuse case

JAY, OK  –  An Oklahoma woman who was formerly named DHS Adoptive Parent of the Year received prison time in connection to a child abuse case.

In 2006, Deidre Matthews, 50, and her former husband, Jerry Matthews, were recognized as Department of Human Services Adoptive Parents of the Year for northeast Oklahoma, the Tulsa World reports.

While the two were married, they reportedly lived with nine children, ages 4 through 17, in an animal feces-infested mobile home in Jay, Oklahoma.

The couple also owned more than 50 animals, including three spider monkeys and 11 lemurs.

According to the Tulsa World, court records show that under the care of Deidre Matthews, the oldest teen was forced to kill her pet kitten by bashing its head into a tree; another child was handcuffed and placed in a dog cage; children were made to stand outside or walk around the house naked; and children were kept home from school to avoid detection of bruises, welts and wounds.

Matthews is also accused of beating the children, allowing pet monkeys to bite the two teen daughters, and withholding food and water as punishment.

Her husband, Jerry, pleaded no contest to two counts of child neglect in 2016.  He received a suspend life sentence in exchange for testifying against his former wife.

This week, Deidre Matthews pleaded no contest to 12 counts of child abuse, child neglect and child endangerment.

According to the Tulsa World, Matthews received a life sentence, all but four years of which was suspended.

The local assistant district attorney said Matthews will receive credit for the year she spent in county jail and that she will only have to serve 85 percent of her sentence.