The sexual assault trial for a chiropractor accused of attacking several children and adults at his practice has entered its second phase. The McKinney, Texas, man is accused of assaulting two adult female patients and three children. Admitted into court this month was an interview from October 2011, in which the man provides information to police just one day before his arrest in an effort to voluntarily clear his name.
A military commander who rejected a jury's verdict in a sexual assault case explained that his decision was based upon his belief that the alleged perpetrator was more believable than the victim. The man, who has come under fire because of his decision to dismiss the verdict, has been widely criticized by media and professional outlets. The decision to overturn the verdict may actually redact many permissions currently enjoyed by commanding officers, many of whom currently have the authority to overturn their subordinates' criminal convictions.
On Tuesday, Dallas police arrested a suspect who apparently confessed to a series of sexual assaults in the Lake Highlands area of Dallas. Now, police are saying they have DNA confirmation they have caught the correct man.
Sexual assault is a big problem in the military. In 2011, nearly 2,500 sexual violence cases in the military services were reported. Roughly 70 percent of the reports were for rape, aggravated sexual assault or nonconsensual sodomy. Most cases, though, actually go unreported. According to the Defense Department, if more victims came forward, the number in 2011 would have been closer to 19,000.
Back in January, we wrote about a rape case out of Ohio that made national news because of the unique social media component involved. The case involved two teenagers from Steubenville, Ohio who were accused of sexually assaulting a fellow classmate at a party before the school year began. Prosecutors claim that the boys repeatedly raped the minor girl while she was unconscious.
A while back, we wrote a post about Darius McClinton-Hunter, Detoirt Tigers outfield Torii Hunter's son, who was accused in a sexual assault case. He, along with four others, was arrested in Prosper and accused of sexually assaulting several girls.
Sheila Loven, a former Euless marriage counselor accused of sexually assaulting a male client, was sentenced to 10 years of probation last Wednesday by a Tarrant County jury. The sentence was actually a victory for Loven, who could have faced up to 20 years in prison for the conviction.
An 18-year-old Highland Park High School student has been cleared, for now, of rape allegations after a Dallas County grand jury declined to indict him. The young man was reportedly arrested last October and accused of raping a younger female acquaintance in the back of his Chevy Tahoe after a Ghostland Observatory concert at the Palladium Ballroom.
The U.S. Senate is set to consider a bill, known as the Sexual Assault Forensic Evidence Registery (SAFER) Act, this week that could help Texas prosecutors put up the money to have 20,000 rape kits tested. Some of the kits have been in storage for over a decade. The SAFER Act is part of the Violence Against Women Act, an anti-domestic violence bill that expired in the U.S. House last year.
Dallas reportedly saw a 14 percent increase over the last year in the number of murders, even though the total is an improvement, the city's lowest in decades. Based on current numbers, a Dallas resident is roughly as likely to be murdered now as in the 1950s, back when the city population was significantly lower. During the 70s, all the way into the 200s, Dallas averaged above 200 killings per year, but for the last three years, the average has been below 200.