Eleven children were found inside the home of a registered sex offender in Dayton, Texas one month ago.
According to authorities, the children ranged in age from 5 months to 11 years old. Eight of them were confined to a small, dark bedroom. Some children had restraints on tying them to the bed. According to Child Protective Services spokeswoman Gwen Carter, ten adults were living in the 1,700 square foot home and none of them found the situation unusual.
A month has passed since police raided the home and they are still trying to determine how the children were related to one another. The kids have now all been placed in foster homes.
The home was listed as the address of registered sex offender, Mark E. Marsh III, who was convicted of criminal sexual conduct with a 15 year old girl 15 years ago.
Police are still investigating.
Chad Foster, 33, formerly of Cypress, was charged on Dec 14 with online solicitation of a minor after being arrested on Nov 3 for sexual assault charges of a child.
Foster was formerly the youth minister at Second Baptist Church in Cypress when he was accused by a 14 year old girl of showing her live sexual images of himself on Skype, texting with her, and talking to her on Facebook. She also told police that she watched him masturbate 12-15 times on Skype.
15,000 text messages between Foster and the girl were found by authorities on the girl’s phone from Jan 1 through Nov 2 of 2011.
Foster was accused separately of having sex with a 16 year old girl multiple times while he was youth pastor at Community of Faith Church in Cypress.
Foster is currently out on $40,000 bond.
If you have been charged with a sex crime, contact Houston sex crimes defense lawyers of Johnson, Johnson & Baer, P.C. by calling 713-222-0400.
Today, a Houston man charged with rape was denied a second trial despite issues with DNA evidence testing. Charges involved the man kidnapping a 6-year old boy and raping him in February 2001.
Last year, 51-year old Lawrence J. Napper won the chance at a new trial from the recommendation of Harris County state district Judge Jeannine Barr after workers at Houston Police Department’s crime lab destroyed DNA evidence taken from Napper after testing. According to today’s ruling by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals, “All of the evidence shows a very strong case against applicant, even when criticisms of the HPD Crime Lab’s conduct are taken into account”.
Napper’s lawyer stated, “Judge Barr, who knows most about the case recommended he get a new trial…We are very disappointed the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals overruled Judge Barr’s recommendation, and we’re going to pursue this in federal court”.
If you or someone you know has been charged with a sex crime, contact the Houston sex crimes defense attorneys of Johnson, Johnson & Baer at 713-222-0400 to learn more about your rights.