Man sentenced for deadly sexual assault with HIV as the weapon

CrowleyMatthew Louis Reese, 31, was given 95 years in prison this week, in part because he gave HIV to a minor.

The Dallas man pleaded guilty to three charges — aggravated sexual assault of a child with a deadly weapon, aggravated sexual assault with serious bodily injury and sexual assault of a child. The deadly weapon is HIV.

The victim was a 15 year-old girl at the time. She is now 17.

The two met on a chat line and spoke for months before first having sex. Reese never told the girl he had HIV and did not use a condom.

Missing from any reports is why the girl’s parents bore no responsibility for monitoring who their 15-year-old daughter was dating.

Apparently Reese was not in treatment for his HIV and had a viral load count high enough to pass along the disease. He must serve half of his sentence before he is eligible for parole.

—  David Taffet

A sobering look: Sexual assault on men

Men cant

Buzzfeed is the website known for its lists — 5 most embarrassing skiing accidents, 30 least appetizing desserts, 11 whoreiest women in Hollywood, etc. Most of them are meaningless drivel (we read anyway).

So it’s nice that this list actually has some heft and meaning.

After all the press about sexual assault within the military — including assault on men — it’s interesting to see this list of 27 men (not in the armed services) who report being raped: Sometime by other men, sometimes by women. Some are female-to-male transgender. All are holding up signs that recount what their victimizers said to them. It’s horrifying and compelling.

—  Arnold Wayne Jones

Man arrested for alleged sexual assault, stabbing of 17-year-old was a regular at gay bar Garlow’s

Tommy Robinson

GUN BARREL CITY — Tommy Robinson, 59, who is jailed in Dallas on a $1.5 million bond for the alleged stabbing and sexual assault of a 17-year-old girl in Oak Lawn was a familiar face in the Cedar Creek Lake gay bar Garlow’s.

Robinson, who went by the nickname “Hollywood,” frequented the bar as early as a year ago, but he told other customers he wasn’t gay. He also told others he suffered from a mental illness, and that was why he could not drink alcohol.

Robinson wore black attire and sported a pair of silver-framed sunglasses even at night. Other customers recognized that Robinson was eccentric, but he was generally viewed as harmless.

Robinson obviously was comfortable in a gay bar setting and freely mixed with other gay patrons.

A Dallas police detective in charge of investigating the crime confirmed he was aware Robinson had lived in the Cedar Creek Lake area prior to his arrest in Dallas. At the time of his arrest, he was homeless and was captured while bathing in a stream in Oak Lawn, according to multiple Dallas media reports.

—  admin

Ex-principal of TX youth prison denies he gave inmates blow jobs, promised them birthday cake

John Paul Hernandez

The former principal of a West Texas juvenile prison testified Thursday that five male inmates who accuse him of sexual abuse made up the allegations in a possible attempt to get released from the facility.

John Paul Hernandez, 45, is on trial for 11 counts of abusing the inmates, including sexual assault. Hernandez’s former assistant at the West Texas State School in Pyote, Ray Brookins, was sentenced to 10 years in prison on similar charges last year. The abuse scandal led to an overhaul of the Texas Youth Commission.

Hernandez and Brookins allegedly gave the young male inmates candy and promised them birthday cake in exchange for abusing them. In some cases, the inmates were threatened with retaliation if they didn’t go along. Hernandez and Brookins would summon the inmates from their dorms late at night and take them to ball fields and darkened classrooms to carry out the abuse, according to a 2005 report by the Texas Rangers.

When authorities searched Brookins’ state-owned house at the school, they found a 16-year-old living there along with hundreds of pornographic videos, magazines and various sex toys.

All five of the inmates testified against Hernandez this week during his trial. Prosecutors are continuing their cross-examination of Hernandez today.

—  John Wright

Homelessness and LGBT youth

The figures are staggering. Between 1.6 million to 2.8 million homeless youth in our country! More staggering still is the data that shows up to 40 percent of those homeless are LGBT youth.

For some reason I never considered homelessness as an LGBT issue but the figures speak clearly, it is. The reasons for these kids ending up on the street are myriad, but they share some disturbing similarities.

A report from the Center for American Progress shows 58 percent of them are victims of sexual assault. This is much higher than their straight counterparts. Additionally, 62 percent suffer discrimination from their families because of their sexual orientation. I would imagine that is a big cause of the problem.

The report is eye-opening and worth your time to read. Beyond understanding the problem is doing something about it. That will take both our community and our local state and federal governments getting involved and working to change this.

— Hardy Haberman, Dungeon Diary

—  Dallasvoice

Victim not cooperating with Dallas police in alleged sexual assault that began at gay bar

Last week I wrote about an alleged sexual assault involving a man who reported to police that he was sexually assaulted by two men after they placed a drug in his drink at Station 4. I followed up with Dallas police yesterday to find out whether any additional information was available. Here’s what Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse told me:

“Detectives have tried three times to get ahold of victim. They have been unsuccessful and he is not returning calls. So there is nothing new to report.”

As is standard in sexual assault cases, police are not releasing the alleged victim’s name, so we have no way of trying to contact him. Regardless of whether this person’s account is true, it raises an interesting question: How common is “date rape” in the gay community?

—  John Wright