Child sex offender cases released, charges dismissed
By 02/28/2008 00:00:00
Note: This article contains graphic case
and GLEN JACKSON
The Ellis County Press
WAXAHACHIE - Angel DeJesus Hernandez was alleged to have raped a child.
He plead guilty in 2005 and was given a probation sentence of five years and ordered to pay $1,000 in restitution.
One of the terms of his deal with County Attorney Joe Grubbs' office was he would have to register as a sex offender if he violated any terms of his sentence. (under deferred adjudication, alleged suspects are not required to register).
Hernandez, according to court documents in the Ellis County District Clerk's office, committed another act of sexual assault of a child in July of 2006.
This time, the sexual assault charge resulted in another two-year probation sentence with no fine.
Other cases The Ellis County Press has researched include the more recent James Leonard file. The Waxahachie lawyer was placed on 10 years probation for allegedly molesting two girls under the age of 14, according to court records. He has since fled the country to Central America, according to investigators with the Ellis County Sheriff's Office.
A warrant has since been issued for his arrest. Leonard was placed on probation several days after 40th District Court Judge Gene Knize won a re-nomination battle in the 2006 Republican primary over Midlothian attorney Dan Altman.
Other cases The Ellis County Press has reviewed:
Cause No. 30278CR - Renee June Deguizman
Court records state, '…forced sexual organ of ‘Logan' (under 17 yoa) to contact and penetrate mouth of defendant. Five years jail and no fine. Plead guilty.'
Cause No. 29502CR - Brian Keith Martin Jr.
Documents state Martin 'raped ‘J.D.' a child under 17 yoa, plead guilty, two years [jail] and no fine.' Defense attorney Cindy Ermatinger had Martin credited for 91 days off his jail sentence.
Cause No. 30390CR - Ronnie Lynn Cummings Jr.
'Rape, child under 14 yoa, with penis and vibrator, sodomizing, forced oral sex on her, 40 years each count.'
The prosecutors dismissed the charges of oral sex and assault due to Cummings maintaining his innocence, according to court documents.
Assistant prosecutor Patrick M. Wilson signed the court documents allowing for the dismissal of the case. Defense attorney Cindy Ermatinger filed a writ of habeas corpus, stating the bond of $100,000 was 'excessive.'
Cause No. 31362CR - James Cotter
'Rape of a child under 14 yoa, plead guilty, five years in jail, credited 183 days.'
Cause No. 30830CR - Joe Rudy Ramos Jr.
Court documents state Ramos Jr. 'forced ‘C.F.' (child under 14) to place her genitals in his mouth.' Ramos attempted suicide on July 11, 2006 and as a result, prosecutors dismissed the case. Ramos rejected a plea bargain of 10 years deferred adjudication. A trial date had been scheduled for Jan. 9, 2007, but 'due to vacation plans the state has not had time to adequately prepare child witnesses.'
Cause No. 31045CR - James Edwards
Judgment was entered on Nov. 3, 2006 in Knize's 40th District courtroom for allegations of aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to court documents. The offense allegedly occurred on Dec. 31, 2004.
Edwards plead guilty and in exchange, he received 10 years deferred adjudication, paid a $2,000 fine and was ordered to perform 720 hours of community service. Edwards, according to the documents, served 149 days in jail and went through sex offender treatment.
Lindy Tober, one of Grubbs' assistant prosecutors, stated 'it was in child's best interest for Edwards to be on deferred adjudication.'
Court documents also reveal the victim was a foster child and that he 'placed finger in anus of [victim under 14].'