Whether the cause is loose morals, the decline of family values or the explosion of social media, the number of sexual crimes against children has taken a dramatic upturn in recent years.

This phenomenon is omnipresent, not only in Central Texas in general, but also in our local jurisdiction. Some perpetrators come to Cove from outside jurisdictions to meet with potential victims.

In a 2015 column, I commented on the arrest of a Copperas Cove man, charged with the continuous sexual abuse of a child. I predicted there would be serious consequences for the perpetrator upon conviction. There were.

On May 2, 2015, Coryell County District Judge Trent Ferrell sentenced Andre-Marco Mcintosh, a resident of Coppers Cove, to life in prison without the possibility of parole in each of two cases of continuous sexual abuse of a child.

Mcintosh was charged with two counts of continuous sexual abuse of a child arising from a report by one of his children in 2015. The child reported Mcintosh had been abusing him sexually for over 2½ years on a weekly basis. The victim’s sister, who was also interviewed, reported Mcintosh sexually abused her every second week during the same time frame.

Evidence in the sentencing hearing revealed Mcintosh denied the offenses when interviewed by police, but entered a guilty plea after he was indicted. Evidence also showed Mcintosh admitted his guilt to a psychologist during a court-ordered evaluation.

A China Spring man was the first of six men to be arrested in a sex solicitation sting operated by the Attorney General’s Child Exploitation Unit with the assistance of the Copperas Cove Police Department.

Brock Alan Monson, 22, was arrested April 26 in the online solicitation of a minor in Copperas Cove for sex, according to a criminal complaint provided by Coryell County authorities.

According to the complaint, the arrest came after an officer with the Criminal Investigations Division of the AG’s office used the personal of a 15-year old female to communicate with Monson by email and text message.

Information derived from the complaint indicated “the defendant stated he wanted to perform deviate sexual intercourse on the 15-year old child.”

The complaint stated Monson traveled from China Spring to a predetermined location in Cove on April 3 to engage in sex with the girl, only to be arrested when he arrived at the location.

Additionally, Monson was also charged with five counts of possession of child pornography after consenting to a search of his cellphone revealed several images and videos of child pornography stored within it.

Monson’s bail on all charges and counts was set at $175,000.

As a result of the same investigation conducted by the attorney general’s office with assistance from the Copperas Cove Police Department, the sting spawned five more arrests.

  • Jonathan Fitch Douglass, 21, of Killeen, was arrested April 26 in connection with online solicitation of a minor-sexual conduct. Bond was set at $10,000.
  • Daniel Jeronimo-Dominguez, 29, of Killeen, was arrested April 26 in connection with online solicitation of a minor-sexual conduct. Bond was set at $10,000.
  • Robert Lee Biddinger, 36, of Killeen, was arrested April 26 in connection with online solicitation of a minor-sexual conduct. Bond was set at $10,000.
  • Nathan Arthur Kaufman, 27, of College Station, was arrested April 27 in connection with online solicitation of a minor-sexual conduct. Bond was set at $25,000.
  • Juan Torres-Cortes, 30, of Kempner, was arrested April 28 in connection with online solicitation of a minor-sexual conduct. Bail was set at $25,000.

All of these men are presumed innocent until proven guilty or upon the submission of a guilty plea. If convicted, they will be receive appropriate remedies, which could include life-long sexual offender registration.

I personally hold child sexual predators in the lowest possible regard. There is a lesson in all of this for parents. Know with whom your child is communicating. At the very least, educate your children regarding the dangers of sexually tainted banter with strangers online.

Six potential tragedies were averted by the intervention of the attorney general’s office and the Copperas Cove Police Department.

Assaults

Fourteen assaults were reported to police in the past week. This category of crime is rampant. Of the fourteen assaults, twelve of them involved family violence.

  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported April 24 in the 600 block of Hill Street.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported April 24 in the 900 block of South 15th Street.
  • An assault by threat/family violence was reported April 26 in the 100 block of east Avenue F.
  • An assault by contact was reported April 26 in the 1200 block of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.
  • Injury to a child, assault with bodily injury and interference with an emergency phone call were reported April 27 in the 100 block of East Avenue B. The judge will have a field day with this one.
  • An assault with bodily injury and assault by contact was reported April 27 in the 1200 block of West Avenue B.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported April 27 in the 1100 block of South 9th Street.
  • Reckless injury to a child-bodily injury was reported April 28 in the 300 block of Lutheran Church Road.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported April 28 in the 2100 block of Urbantke Lane.
  • An assault by contact/family violence was reported April 29 in the 1100 block of Golf course road.
  • An aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was reported April 30 in the 500 block of North Seventh Street.
  • An assault with bodily injury/family violence was reported May 1 in the 1800 block of Virginia Avenue.

Theft/burglary

The thieves are loose in Cove once again. Nineteen thefts/burglaries were reported this week alone. Experience tells me there were many more that went unreported.

  • A theft was reported April 26 in the 300 bock of Sherman Avenue.
  • The theft of electronics from a residence was reported April 26 in the 20 block of Locust Drive.
  • The theft of tools, cigarettes and currency from a vehicle was reported April 26 in the 1300 block of Travis Circle.
  • The theft of cosmetics was reported April 26 in the 1400 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of tools and knives from a vehicle was reported April 26 in the 1300 block of Katelyn Circle.
  • A theft of currency from a person was reported April 26 in the 400 block of Sunset Lane.
  • A theft of a cellphone was reported April 26 in the 100 block of Halstead Avenue.
  • The theft of a tablet and currency was reported April 27 in the 500 block of North Ninth Street.
  • A theft of cosmetics and clothing was reported April 27 from a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • The theft of a cellphone was reported April 27 in the 400 block of South 25th Street.
  • A theft of general merchandise was reported April 27 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of service was reported April 27 in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft of merchandise was reported at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • A theft was reported April 29 in the 400 block of Cottonwood Drive.
  • A theft of merchandise was reported April 29 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190. An arrest was made.
  • A burglary of a vehicle was reported April 29 in the 400 block of Constitution Drive.
  • A burglary of a vehicle was reported April 30 in the 1100 block of Dixon Circle. This is a repeat performance at this address.
  • A burglary of a vehicle was reported April 30 in the 600 block of North 11th Street.
  • A theft of merchandise was reported April 30 at a retailer in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.

Other crimes

  • Failure to stop or report aggravated sexual assault of a child was reported April 26. Location is omitted to protect the identity of the victim.
  • Interference with child custody was reported April 27.
  • Fraudulent use/possession of identifying information was reported April 27 in the 2100 block of Jake Drive.
  • Criminal trespass was reported April 27 in the 400 block of South 25th Street.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported April 28 in the 1100 block of Walt Morgan Circle.
  • Criminal mischief was reported April 28 in the 1100 block of Pecan Avenue.
  • Criminal mischief was reported April 28 in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Possession of drug paraphernalia was reported April 29 in the 2400 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.An arrest was made.
  • Fraudulent destruction, removal or concealment of writing was reported April 29 in the 2700 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.
  • Evading arrest/detention using a vehicle was reported April 25 in the 1000 block of East Business U.S. Highway 190.

Indictments

  • Robert Lee Gulino, 35, of Copperas Cove, was indicted April 27 on a charge of possession of a controlled substance, 4 grams or more.

John Vander Werff is a 30-year veteran of law enforcement and a Copperas Cove resident.​

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