sexual assault

A Beaumont man is behind bars on Capital Murder charges following the sexual assault and murder of a local homeless woman, reports the Beaumont Police Department. 

Officer Carol Riley reports that police have arrested 26-year-old Brandon Julian Jamol Coleman for the murder of 54-year-old Catherine Dungan. 

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The Calcasieu Parish Sheriff’s Office (CPSO) received a complaint in October 2016 that Jason Miller, 42, of Lake Charles, had sexually assaulted a family member, sometime between 2009 and 2010 when the victim was 6 years old, the department posted on their Facebook page.

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Three Mid-County men have been indicted by a Jefferson County Grand Jury in separate cases on charges ranging from physical to sexual violence against children and, in one of the cases, against an intellectually challenged 20-year-old.

Charles Orlando Betancourt, 31, of Port Neches was indicted for aggravated sexual assault of a child March 29 stemming from accusations he sexually assaulted his 3-year-old daughter on multiple occasions.

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Vernon Ray Strong

Criminal District Attorney Bob Wortham announced Monday, Nov. 21, that Vernon Ray Strong, 63, pleaded guilty to aggravated sexual assault of a child and was sentenced by Judge John B. Stevens, Jr. to 20 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

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Brenda Garison and sister Glenda Blackwell

Abused and traumatized, scared and embarrassed — Sexual Assault Nurse Examiner Brenda Garison’s patients come to her at their worst of times. But as funding sources are few and far between and private donors gravitate more toward less uncomfortable topics of concern, Child Abuse and Forensic Services (CAFS) is also going through its own challenges.

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Q. My mother recently died. At the time of her death, she had very little property and no money. I am now getting numerous calls from a debt collector who says that because I am her sole heir, I owe her debts. The debt collector has offered fair payment terms, but I was wondering whether I really am responsible for her bills. I am becoming very upset because of all of the phone calls.

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Cedric Madison

According to reports from the Beaumont Police Department, officers were dispatched to the 3400 block of Betty Lane on Friday, Aug. 5, shortly before 11 p.m. in reference to a sexual assault in progress. The complaining witness stated that she walked in to find Cedric Madison sexually assaulting her infant child.

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Jefferson County Criminal District Court Judge John B. Stevens Jr. sentenced 41-year-old Beaumont resident John Henry Whitfield to 15 years in prison after Whitfield pleaded guilty to three counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child on June 13, reported the Jefferson County District Attorney's Office. 

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Jefferson County seal

The Jefferson County Commissioners Court held its last meeting on the fourth floor of the historic county courthouse Dec. 14 – at least the last meeting at that venue for quite some time as repairs are made to the landmark structure.

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John Phillip Fuller Jr.

The Orange County Grand Jury has indicted John Phillip Fuller Jr., 28, on one count of Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student and two counts of Sexual Assault, according to a press release from the District Attorney. 

Fuller was a teacher/coach at St. Mary Catholic School in Orange.  He is charged with having an ongoing sexual relationship with a student who was enrolled at the school.

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