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Aubrey Phillip Childers was re-indicted last week by the Nolan County Grand Jury. Childers was charged with sexual assault, a second degree felony, enhanced to a first degree felony with one prior conviction. Court paper stated that Childers sexually assaulted the victim, knowing that the victim did not consent and was unconscious or physically unable to resist or unaware that the sexual assault was occurring.
The indictment stemmed from an arrest made on the male-on-male sexual assault case that took place on Aug. 15, 2010 around the southwest part of Sweetwater. Aubrey Phillip Childers, 23, of Sweetwater, was arrested on Monday, Dec. 27, as he was being processed out of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
According to Lt. Randy Hanes with the Sweetwater Police Department, DNA evidence was obtained at the scene of the crime and evidence was gathered for a warrant to obtain DNA from the suspect. A DNA sample was taken from Childers after he was arrested for a parole violation. The DNA was then sent to the Lubbock Department of Public Safety Laboratory for testing. Bond was set at $20,000 for Childers.
Casey Joe Campbell was indicted on two counts of online solicitation of a minor, second and third degree felonies, enhanced to second and first degree felonies with a prior conviction.
Campbell, 34, was arrested on Sunday, May 1, 2011, for online solicitation of a minor/sexual contact, a second degree felony.
"We received a tip back in November from a concerned citizen that Campbell was prowling on Facebook, trying to become friendly with teenage girls," said Sweetwater Chief of Police Jim Kelley. "So we created a Facebook page for a 15-year-old girl," Kelley added.
Kelley stated that Campbell was "very explicit in what he wanted to do to this underage girl."
Kelley also stated that officers on the page would repeatedly state, "I'm only 15 years old," so that Campbell clearly knew that the girl was underage.
Officers set up a meeting for Campbell and the fictional 15-year-old girl and Campbell showed up to the meeting where he was arrested.
"There are some scary people out there and parents really need to be aware of where their children are going online and who they are talking to online," stated Kelley. "Parents need to talk to their kids and more importantly, parents need to listen to their kids."
In 2002, Campbell was convicted of injury to an elderly person, a third degree felony. He was sentenced to eight years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice on Sept. 6, 2002.
Campbell pled guilty to the charge and had three other charges dropped from an indictment handed down on Feb. 1, 2002. The charges included two counts of aggravated sexual assault and two counts of injury to an elderly person. The indictment stated that Campbell sexually penetrated a 65-year-old woman. The incidents occurred at Sweetwater Healthcare Center in January of 2002. Campbell's bond was set at $15,000.
Johnny Williams was indicted on the charge of engaging in organized criminal activity, a first degree felony. The indictment stemmed from a crack cocaine distribution house being busted in Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010. Numerous law enforcement officers converged on a property in south Sweetwater on Oct. 6, 2010, and broke up a suspected crack cocaine distribution operation. The operation was the result of a joint investigation between Nolan County Sheriffâ€™s Office, 32nd Judicial District Attorneyâ€™s Office-Criminal Investigators, Abilene Police Department-Special Operations Division, Texas Department of Public Safety and Immigrations & Customs Enforcement â€śICEâ€ť â€“ a division of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.
The execution of the actual raid was a combined effort involving approximately 18 officers from the agencies represented above. The raid was carried out at a residence addressed as 1110 Runnels, at the intersection of E. Oklahoma and Runnels Streets in Sweetwater. This particular address had been well known to law enforcement as it had been raided in July of 2009 for the same type of activity. A significant amount of suspected crack cocaine was seized along with a small quantity of marijuana, cash and other related items. The house was demolished on March 29, 2011. Williams' bond was set at $25,000.
The following were also indicted last week:
â€˘ Jamie Akeen Pruitt for aggravated robbery, a first degree felony. Court papers stated that Pruitt, on April 19, 2011, in the course of committing theft of property, caused bodily injury to Gary Roley by striking him in the face with a firearm. His bond was set at $25,000.
â€˘ Erica Magallon Carrasco for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a state jail felony. Her bond was set at $5,000.
â€˘ Sandra Deette Todd for possession of a controlled substance, namely methamphetamine, a state jail felony. Her bond was set at $5,000.
â€˘ Bobby Lee Cantu for driving while intoxicated, a third degree felony. His bond was set at $5,000. Prior to the recent charge, Cantu has been convicted three times for driving while intoxicated.
â€˘ Sasha Victoria Pruitt for hindering apprehension, a third degree felony. Court papers stated that Pruitt harbored or concealed Jamie Akeen Pruitt for the offense of aggravated robbery with the intent to hinder his arrest. Her bond was set at $10,000.
â€˘ Justin Halston Nash for theft of a firearm, a state jail felony. His bond was set at $7,500.
â€˘ Robert Jamal Jones for evading arrest with a vehicle, a state jail felony. His bond was set at $5,000.
â€˘ Jackie Don Norris for evading arrest with a vehicle, a state jail felony. His bond was set at $5,000.
Nine indictments were sealed.