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May 14, 1993 | From Associated Press
A man who had carried a knife but claimed that a woman's request that he wear a condom demonstrated her consent was convicted Thursday of rape. During the three-day trial, Joel Valdez, 28, argued that the woman agreed to have sex because she had asked him to use the condom. "She told me to do her a favor. She told me to wear a condom, so I did," Valdez testified. "We were making love after that."
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April 2, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
A sheriff's department says a videotape broadcast by a Houston TV station could help it investigate a woman's alleged rape during spring break. Mike Devlin, news director of KHOU-TV, said the 18-year-old woman's parents had confirmed that she was on the tape. A Galveston County sheriff's official said the department is seeking a subpoena to force the station to turn over the tape. The video showed her holding a bikini top out of the car window before a group of men surrounded her car on a
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NEWS
April 9, 1988 | RAY PEREZ, Times Staff Writer
This languid little town in the heart of South Texas is like many across America where everyone knows everyone else's business. And that has made the trouble all the harder to take. Settled 136 years ago along what is now San Diego Creek, the town of 5,200 people has survived hard times and a legacy of political corruption. Now it has again unexpectedly achieved a measure of national notoriety.
NEWS
November 12, 2000 | LISA GIRION
A Texas jury awarded $1.1 million in damages to an 84-year-old patient with Alzheimer's disease who had been raped by a janitor at her nursing home. He was hired by the home despite a rap sheet that included five felonies. Even though the janitor offered a fictitious name, date of birth and Social Security number, the jury held the nursing home operators liable for $550,000 of the award.
NEWS
April 22, 1988
A San Diego, Tex., grand jury indicted 10 men in an alleged kidnaping and gang rape March 26 of a young woman who told police that bystanders ignored her cries and joined in the attack. The 10 were arrested within days of the alleged attack that shocked this South Texas town of 5,000, where many residents are related. The 19-year-old woman, a mother of two, told authorities she was abducted while walking home from a relative's house and gang raped over four hours.
SPORTS
January 2, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cowboy owner Jerry Jones wasn't talking, Coach Barry Switzer said his players must be innocent because they have not been arrested, and at day's end, wide receiver Michael Irvin said he was not at teammate Erik Williams' house when a woman alleged she was raped at gunpoint. But a Dallas TV station, which broke the story, said its sources indicate that Irvin's voice is recognizable on a videotape of the incident seized from Williams' house and charges will soon be filed. Dallas police Sgt.
NEWS
May 15, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
A jury handed down a 40-year prison sentence Friday in a rape trial in which the defense argued that the victim had consented to sex by asking her knife-wielding attacker to use a condom. Joel Rene Valdez, 28, was sentenced by an eight-woman, four-man jury that deliberated for five hours. The jurors said Valdez must serve a mandatory 10 years. His accuser said: "I have been called the victim in the condom rape case. I am not the 'condom rape' victim. I do not have a victim's mentality."
SPORTS
April 14, 1995 | Associated Press
Erik Williams, a star offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, faces sexual assault charges after a 17-year-old girl accused him of attacking her early Thursday. Dallas police Sgt. Jim Chandler said Williams, 26, was taken into custody after police responded to a telephone request for help by the girl from Williams' north Dallas home.
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July 29, 2000 | DAVID G. SAVAGE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Texas prosecutors agreed Friday that Roy Criner should be released from prison--eight years after a judge ruled that he had been wrongly convicted of rape and murder and three years after a DNA test showed he was innocent. "It still may be two or three weeks before Roy is out," Michael Charlton, Criner's attorney, said by phone after a court hearing. "Some people are saying this shows the system works, but I fail to see it. The system failed in this case."
SPORTS
January 11, 1997 | BILL PLASCHKE, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a sudden reversal of fortune for two troubled stars, Michael Irvin and Erik Williams of the Dallas Cowboys were cleared of recent rape allegations Friday after sources said their accuser admitted the story was a hoax. The allegations that Williams sexually assaulted the 23-year-old woman while Irvin videotaped the scene are false, Dallas police said in a hastily called news conference.
SPORTS
January 3, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Erik Williams, the Dallas Cowboy offensive tackle accused of raping a 23-year-old woman while teammate Michael Irvin held a gun to her head, proclaimed his innocence Thursday, and Williams' attorney said Irvin has not been at Williams' home in more than 1 1/2 years.
SPORTS
January 2, 1997 | T.J. SIMERS, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Cowboy owner Jerry Jones wasn't talking, Coach Barry Switzer said his players must be innocent because they have not been arrested, and at day's end, wide receiver Michael Irvin said he was not at teammate Erik Williams' house when a woman alleged she was raped at gunpoint. But a Dallas TV station, which broke the story, said its sources indicate that Irvin's voice is recognizable on a videotape of the incident seized from Williams' house and charges will soon be filed. Dallas police Sgt.
NEWS
October 4, 1996 | From Reuters
A 15-year-old Texas girl was killed by an overdose of the "date rape" drug Rohypnol given to her and a friend by five men who raped the girls at a downtown hotel, police said Thursday. Thelma Rascon and the friend, who was hospitalized but survived, were given the powerful sedative last month at a party. The odorless and tasteless drug, which causes memory loss and unconsciousness, is increasingly being used in sexual attacks and is most commonly slipped into drinks.
SPORTS
April 14, 1995 | Associated Press
Erik Williams, a star offensive tackle for the Dallas Cowboys, faces sexual assault charges after a 17-year-old girl accused him of attacking her early Thursday. Dallas police Sgt. Jim Chandler said Williams, 26, was taken into custody after police responded to a telephone request for help by the girl from Williams' north Dallas home.
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March 17, 1992 | From Associated Press
A judge withdrew his approval Monday for a child rape suspect's request to be castrated rather than stand trial. The judge said a doctor could not be found to perform the surgery. State District Judge Michael McSpadden agreed March 6 to let Steven Allen Butler be castrated after Butler asked to undergo the procedure rather than stand trial on charges that he raped a 13-year-old girl. The judge had said Butler would be placed on a form of probation for 10 years if he underwent the surgery.
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May 15, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
A jury handed down a 40-year prison sentence Friday in a rape trial in which the defense argued that the victim had consented to sex by asking her knife-wielding attacker to use a condom. Joel Rene Valdez, 28, was sentenced by an eight-woman, four-man jury that deliberated for five hours. The jurors said Valdez must serve a mandatory 10 years. His accuser said: "I have been called the victim in the condom rape case. I am not the 'condom rape' victim. I do not have a victim's mentality."
NEWS
May 14, 1993 | From Associated Press
A man who had carried a knife but claimed that a woman's request that he wear a condom demonstrated her consent was convicted Thursday of rape. During the three-day trial, Joel Valdez, 28, argued that the woman agreed to have sex because she had asked him to use the condom. "She told me to do her a favor. She told me to wear a condom, so I did," Valdez testified. "We were making love after that."
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