Belton, Killeen-Temple Metropolitan Area and Bell County Sex Crimes Defense
John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization. He is a criminal law expert with over twenty years’ experience and is rated as a Super Layer by Thomson Reuters. He defends individuals who have been investigated or charged with serious allegations involving sexual crimes, including those falsely accused of sex crimes involving children. Mr. Floyd represents clients accused of these most serious sex crimes throughout the State of Texas and to federal courts nationwide.
Sex Crimes Lawyer in Killeen
The Killeen-Temple metropolitan area is the most populous area in Bell County while its county seat is Belton located in the heart of Central Texas.
The historic Bell County Courthouse was opened in 1884. In 2010, the Bell County Justice Complex was completed and houses the 658-bed jail, county sheriff, courts and the district attorney’s office and is where sex offense prosecutions are regularly presented.
Bell County DA Aggressively Prosecutes Sex Crimes
The Bell County District Attorney’s Office, located in Belton, maintains a strict policy regarding prosecutions of sexual offenses involving children. The office works closely with Family In Crisis, Inc. to provide support and counseling for victims of sexual assault. The DA’s Office requests that victims of sex crimes avoid interviews with defense attorneys, and if they do, the DA’s Office wants one of its representatives present during the meeting.
The Texas Department of Public Safety’s Uniform Crime Report for 2016 found that the number of sex offenses in the state increased by 7.7 percent last year. DPS reports that of the more than 18,000 sexual assaults reported in the state each year, about 33 percent of them involve children.
Bell County experiences approximately 350 sexual assaults each year, of which about 280 are committed in the Killeen-Temple metropolitan area. In June alone, the Bell County Sheriff’s Department made seven child sex offense arrests over a couple week period.
Each year approximately 40,000 Texas children receive services from Children’s Advocacy Centers and roughly 1 in 3 Texans will experience some form of sexual assault in their lifetime.
Aggressive Prosecutions Lead to Increase in False Allegations
As of September 2017, there were 750 registered sex offenders in Bell County, 243 of who are registered in Killeen, 211 in Temple and 73 in Belton.
The Bell County district courts have responded to the statewide increase in child sex offense prosecutions. Earlier this year a 66-year-old Killeen man received a 15-year sentence for the sexual assault of a 13-year-old girl and a 28-year-old Killeen man received a 24-year sentence for the sexual assault of a child under 14 after the DA’s Office demanded a 30-year sentence. A 37-year-old Temple man received a 35-year sentence last year for sexual abuse of a child.
DA’s Office Aggressive Stand in Child Sex Offense Prosecutions
With increased emphasis on child sex abuse crime prosecutions by the DA’s office, there will be false allegations, especially in divorce proceedings involving contentious child custody disputes. Reputable studies reveal that false child sex abuse allegations are made in anywhere from 6 to 35 percent of these cases. The percentage of innocent people wrongfully convicted is both staggering and scary.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm defends against sex offenses throughout the state, and has extensive experience defending against the following child sex crimes:
- Criminal Solicitation of a Minor (Under 17)
- Indecency With a Child (Under 17)
- Improper Relationship Between Educator and Student
- Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child
- Sexual Performance by a Child
- Possession or Promotion of Child Pornography
Experience Counts in Belton, TX Sex Assault Cases
John T. Floyd is Board Certified in Criminal Law. He has successfully represented hundreds of individuals under investigation for serious sex crimes, often preventing criminal charges from being filed. He has compiled an impressive record of defending and winning many complex sex crimes cases involving false child sex abuse allegations. His success in these cases has been featured in media and newspapers across the State underscoring his stature as a criminal law expert.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm has an experienced staff of investigators and paralegals that provide Mr. Floyd with the factual information and legal data necessary to prepare and present a successful defense, including but not limited to:
- Securing statements that the alleged victim has made prior false sexual abuse allegations;
- Interviewing witnesses, such as teachers and neighbors, about the alleged victim’s truthfulness;
- Compiling client’s military records, criminal history (if any), education records, good character references, witnesses willing to testify for client, and polygraph examination results (if such a test is necessary to undertake);
- A factual summary of the defense to be presented at trial;
- A legal summary of the case law research conducted into relevant issues about the case;
- Results of research into the police officers, forensic interviewers, social workers, and forensic psychologists the prosecution plan to use;
- A detailed summary of interviews conducted with prosecution witnesses; and
- A compilation of all the evidence gathered by defense investigators and experts showing client is not a pedophile.
John T. Floyd has used his extensive experience in child sex abuse cases to write exhaustively about the issue of false allegations in these cases. He has appeared on national news programs to provide expert commentary on high profile sex cases. Mr. Floyd understands how devastating a false child sex abuse allegation can be. The moment the allegation is made, a vicious stigma of guilt attaches that must be quickly, and convincingly, confronted to minimize its life-altering damage.
Conviction of any sex offense requires that the offender register with local law enforcement under both federal and state law thereby placing his name/address in a public registry. This can dramatically alter a person’s life, forever. Securing employment and safe housing become exceedingly difficult. Friends, and even family, tend to drift away. Depression becomes a fixture in a registered sex offender’s life.
Living with sex offender registration is indeed difficult. Failure to fully comply with the sex offender registration requirements can result in a felony prosecution. Depending on the initial conviction that required registration, the punishment may be based on a state jail, third- degree, or second-degree felony. The Bell County Sheriff’s Department maintains a Special Crimes Unit whose primary responsibility is to monitor county sex offenders for either failing to register or for not complying with registration requirements.
The John T. Floyd Law Firm is committed to not letting a child sex abuse allegation lead to a conviction and ultimately to sex offender registration.
If you, or a loved one, is under investigation, or has been charged with a child sex abuse offense, it is imperative that you seek legal representation as soon as possible.
Do Not Speak to Police or CPS Investigators Without an Experienced Lawyer
The John T. Floyd Law Firm stands ready to travel to and defend against any child sex abuse allegation leveled in Belton, the Killeen-Temple metropolitan area or the surrounding areas in Bell County. A free in-office or telephone consultation is available for persons under investigation or charged with a child sex abuse offense. While Mr. Floyd travels to criminal courts throughout Texas, his primary office is in Houston, Texas. All other locations are by appointment only.
We are located at:
4900 Woodway Dr.
Houston, TX 77056
Bell County Courthouse is located
101 W. Central Avenue
Belton, TX 76513
The Bell County Justice Center is located at
1201 Huey Dr,
Belton, TX 76513