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Monthly Archives: July 2011
According to MyWestTexas.com, a Midland man was sentenced to life in prison—plus and additional 20 years—on July 15, after he was the first man in Midland County to be convicted of continuous sexual assault. The charge is a new offense in the Texas Penal Code. Telesforo Originales Galan also pleaded guilty to an additional child sexual assault charge on June 3. The Midland County District Attorney’s office has accused Galan of sexually abusing his step daughter almost daily from age 9 to 14. When the victim became pregnant Child Social Services and the Midland Police Department began an investigation. A DNA test proved that Galan was the father. The child was a placed with adoptive parents. According to reports, Galan kept the victim locked in the house, a prisoner in her own home. Both her and a younger sibling were held out of school for two years and had very…
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Cedric Benson, former University of Texas star football player, was arrested early in the morning on July 17 in Austin after an altercation with a former roommate. Benson, 28, has been the running back for the Cincinnati Bengals for the past three seasons. Benson was taken to the Travis County Jail and has been charges with assault causing bodily harm to a family member, according to the Austin Statesman. Benson was released at approximately 2 p.m. on $10,000 bond, according to his lawyer, Sam Basset. Police reports say that Benson’s former roommate contacted him at about 5 a.m. and “a hostile and aggressive Benson” approached him at the intersection of West Fifth and Guadalupe in order to confront him. Benson’s former roommate, Charles Clavens told police that the arguments was concerning their “living arrangements” and Benson began to punch him in the face. The assault resulted in injuries to Clavens….
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The federal case against former MLB superstar Roger Clemens was tossed out of court on July 14, after Judge Reggie Walton declared a mistrial. According to the Christian-Science Monitor, the case was thrown out after the prosecutor revealed to the jury evidence that had been previously determined as inadmissible as hearsay. Clemens was facing federal perjury charges stemming from a Congressional testimony he gave in 2008 denying he had even taken steroids or human growth hormones as a professional baseball player. The government prosecutors—for now—are free to file criminal charges again and retry the case, although this dismissal is certainly a devastating blow. “Government counsel doesn’t do just what government counsel can get away with doing…I’m very troubled by this,” Judge Walton told prosecutors in front of a packed courthouse. “A lot of government money has been used to reach this point. The government should have been more cautious. I…
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