Former Trinity Meadows Intermediate School teaching aide arrested

Jeffrey Scott Miller, 52, was one of eight men taken into custody for charges of online solicitation of a minor in Rockwall by the Texas Attorney General’s Office. Miller lost his job as a Trinity Meadows Intermediate School teaching aide a a result of the incident.

Investigators who posed as children were solicited by all eight men. Miller admitted to communicating in a sexual manner with who he thought was a 35-year-old woman and her 14-year-old daughter and going to Rockwall to have sex with both of them. According to a statement released by Keller ISD: “Keller ISD is committed to eliminating predators from the ranks of the education profession. As such, the District terminated a Trinity Meadows Intermediate School employee Friday morning [October 21] following an arrest by the Texas Attorney General’s Office for solicitation of a minor on the internet. The offense did not occur at school or involve KISD students, we have no indication that this employee was involved in any prior criminal acts, and a review of the individual’s employment file, references, and background checks reveal no prior concerns.”

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Freed Texas sex offender may find himself behind bars again

Sixty-year-old Rodney Steve Haines, a sexual offender currently living in Helotes, Texas, told Montgomery County jurors in the civil hearing that had its closing arguments last Wednesday, July 29 that, “I think having sex with (children) was wrong, not right”.

Haines served a ten-year sentence and was released from prison on April 25, 2015.

Fifty-six-year-old Joseph David Miller, a convicted pedophile who was released from imprisonment on May 28, 2015 and is now a resident of Spring, Texas, is scheduled to have his commitment hearing on Monday, August 31.

Both Haines and Miller had been flagged as “high-risk” pedophiles in the state of Texas but never had the chance to undergo a commitment hearing required by state laws before release, which they are in the process of undergoing now.

Our sex crimes attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter understand how sensitive sex crime cases are; that is why we give our clients dedicated representation and put our years of experience to work for them as we try to secure the best resolution possible. Call our offices today at (214) 845-7007.

 

DNA proves man’s innocence after 24 years

Dallas resident Michael Phillips, 57,  has recently been exonerated of a 1990 rape charge that he did not commit, The Dallas Morning News reported on July 25.

Phillips was released from prison in 2002 after a 12 year sentence and is now living in a nursing home due to his sickle cell anemia.

Phillips pled guilty to the charge 24 years ago when the 16-year-old rape victim identified him as her attacker. According to the Dallas County district attorney’s office, Phillips always insisted he did not commit the crime, but he plead guilty because he was warned he could get a harsher sentence from a jury trial.

In 2009, the Conviction Integrity Unity of the Dallas County district attorney’s office reviewed old cases using DNA evidence to verify the convictions made in cases like Phillips’, thus resulting in 34 exonerations.

The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter believe that every individual is due a fair trial, and we are dedicated to protecting the rights of clients like you who have been charged with a criminal offense. To confidentially discuss your case, call our Dallas offices at 214-845-7007 today.

Rape convict in Dallas exonerated due to DNA testing

Dallas County Criminal District Court Judge Gracie Lewis recommended that fifty-seven-year-old Dallas resident Michael Phillips, who served 12 years in prison for a 1990 rape conviction, be exonerated from any crimes on the grounds of recent DNA testing, the Associated Press reported on July 25.

The Conviction Integrity Unity of Dallas County has been going through old cases using DNA testing that was not used before. Through this process, it was discovered that Phillips was innocent.

A criminal conviction in Texas can make life hard for any person – not only will he or she be ostracized by society, employment opportunities may also be limited, and the person may face imprisonment and hefty fines. The attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark Lassiter understand that many cases are prosecuted over-zealously, and we are dedicated to defending Dallas residents against the charges laid against them. Our criminal defense legal team aggressively fights to win the best possible result from our clients’ cases. To discuss your situation, call our offices at 214-845-7007 today.

Allen sex offender faces multiple criminal charges

In January Joshua Leroy Karr, 31, was charged with online solicitation of a minor and sexual assault of a child.

Karr was incarcerated at the Collin County Jail on Thursday, January 30. His bail was initially set at $50,000, but was amended to $500,000 by the District Attorney’s Office “due to the nature of the offense and the circumstances under which it was committed.”

Karr was previously arrested in December 2003 after allegedly trying to force middle school girls into his car.

People facing serious criminal charges often need the help of an experienced criminal defense attorney. If you have been accused of a crime in Dallas, the attorneys at the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter could represent you. Call (214) 845-7007 to find out that services we provide to our clients.

Suspected serial sexual offender arrested by McKinney Police Department

With the help of undercover Detective Ursula Watson of the McKinney Police Department, who answered a Craigslist ad from suspected sexual offender Roger Allan Stulce, Stulce was arrested for sexual assault. He is currently on trial for these charges.

Watson testified at a Collin County hearing on Friday, December 13 that she agreed to an arrangement with the suspect to share his apartment in exchange for cooking and cleaning services. However, when she met Stulce at the apartment, he sexually assaulted her after locking the door behind her when she came in.

Stulce is currently facing four sexual assault charges involving four women who were allegedly molested in separate events between 2008 and 2012. The case being tried currently is that of a 38-year-old woman who says Stulce brutally assaulted her in June 2012 when she tried to sublease his apartment via a Craigslist ad.

Employing the services of an experienced criminal attorney from the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter when facing criminal charges in Dalass can make the difference between a substantially diminished sentence, or even an acquittal, and life-altering penalties. Get in touch with us to discuss your defense options by calling (214) 845-7007.

Army sergeant facing sexual assault charges

Another incident of sexual assault was reported to have been committed by a member of the U.S. military.

According to a Defense Department official, the army sergeant first class, whose name and gender wasn’t disclosed for security reasons, has been suspended from all military duties and is now under investigation for alleged sexual assault charges.

Charges are yet to be filed against the sergeant who was assigned to work at a sexual assault prevention program in Fort Hood, Texas. Special agents from the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command took over the ongoing investigation on Wednesday May 15.

Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel, who was deeply upset about the incident, ordered a complete overhaul of the army’s sexual assault prevention program, including all personnel involved.

Being charged with a sex crime can have marked effects on a person’s reputation and profession. At the Law Offices of Mark T. Lassiter, our attorneys strive to help people in Dallas charged with such crimes to protect their rights. Call (214) 845-7007 to discuss your defense options.

 

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