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Teen Sex Offender Arrested For Assault Of Teen He Met At LGBT Event

An undocumented Hispanic male whom is a registered sex offender has been arrested in Austin for allegedly sexually assaulting a teen victim he met at “Out Youth.”

 

Jose Medrano, a 24-year-old sex offender has been arrested and charged sexually assaulting a boy who was less than 17-years-old at the time of the incident. According to court documents the incident occurred 2 years ago, when the victim was 15.

Officers were responding to a call about a sex crime in November 2015 when the victim came forward to tell police he had been in a consensual relationship with Medrano in which they had multiple sexual encounters for about two years. The relationship ended two years ago, the teen victim told authorities.

The two met at Out Youth, a Austin program for LGBT teens, and Medrano became his “mentor,” the teen told police.

Out Youth is an organization that “serves the Central Texas LGBTQ+ youth and their allies with programs and services to ensure these promising young people develop into happy, healthy, successful adults.”

Not on parole or probation Medrano who goes by the nickname “Bam-Bam” is reregistered on the state of Texassex offender list.

“Out Youth does not have a mentor program,” stated Aubrey Wilkerson, the organization’s director. “Medrano was never an employee or volunteer and none of the incidents described in Medrano’s arrest affidavit happened on Out Youth property.”

Austin police officers arrested Medrano on Monday, according to Travis County jail records. A bond of $50,000 has been set for the charge of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. An ICE Detainer has been placed on Medrano, jail records revealed.

Harris County District Attorney And Houston Police Halt All Field Drug Testing!

(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine
(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine

(Exclusive) Harris County District Attorney Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Law Enforcement That DA’s Office Will No Longer Mandate ‘Field Testing’ For Drug Charges!


(HOUSTON) — A directive released by District Attorney Kim Ogg and obtained by About News informs law enforcement that as of midnight on July 15th, 2017, the Houston Police Department will be permitted to forego field testing in drug-related cases.

Field testing is a widely used method for law enforcement for the purpose of identifying what are believed to be narcotics.  “The change in policy comes as a measure to ensure the safety of officers,” Ogg says in the directive. It proceeds to state that potentially lethal drugs such as Fentanyl and Carfentanil (two highly addictive narcotic medications) pose too high a risk to officer safety.

Houston Police Department’s Media Relations told About News that  “due to the dangers of Fentanyl, it’s [field testing] going to be discontinued …” HPD was unable to ascertain whether the field testing rules were applicable only to Fentanyl and Carfentanil products or all drug cases across the board.

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(Exclusive) Harris County DA Kim Ogg Issues Directive To Halt All Field Drug Testing For Law Enforcement. © AboutMagazine

Law enforcement agencies throughout Harris County would no longer be required to perform field tests should they choose to follow the directive. Instead, new criteria would be presented to the Office of the District Attorney Intake Division, including but not limited to: contraband color, contraband texture, the presence drug-related paraphernalia, demeanor of the suspect, and prior arrests and convictions involving controlled substances of the suspect.

Field testing has often been met with criticism, as cases of false positives have led to the arrests of innocent individuals not in possession of controlled substances. These incidents have seen civilians faced with jail time, employment loss, and homelessness.

The Harris County District Attorney’s Office in conjunction with Houston Police Department will be holding a press conference at 3 o’clock on Friday, July 14th to announce the changes to protocol. Click here to read the directive sent from District Attorney Kim Ogg.

Anthony Ramirez, News Correspondent for About Magazine + About News, Cade Michals contributed to this news article.

 

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

The death of a 23-year old man in Hardin County, Texas has caused Texas Rangers to launch official investigation.

The Texas Rangers have officially launched an investigation into the ‘in custody’ death of Cody Lane Livingston, 23, while in custody of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at approximately 6:00a.m. DPS was notified of a possible crash near Sour Lake. (Sour Lake is about 1 hour north-east of Houston.)

DPS explains that it determined there was no crash, but suspected Livingston was driving while intoxicated. DPS explains a field sobriety test was conducted but failed to release results. Instead, Livingston was booked into the jail for an outstanding warrant.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain explains that ‘Livingston was booked into the Hardin County Jail at 7:30 a.m. and had no outward signs of injury as he was booked.’

DPS states ‘Livingston was found unresponsive in a jail cell’ and transported to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where he was pronounced dead.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Tanner Moore, Livingston’s boyfriend. “It was hard to believe, because he was just here with me the other day helping me move.” He said the two saw each other Friday night at Moore’s residence in the Lufkin area.

According to Moore, on Saturday “I tried to call him, probably called him 3 to 5 times. He didn’t answer, and he said ‘I’m at a bar in Houston.”

Friends have set up a GoFund Me Page to help the family with expenses.

Clinton Meets With Dallas Sheriff And Other Law Enforcement Officials

Clinton Meets With Dallas Sheriff And Other Law Enforcement Officials

The Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton on Thursday in New York met with eight law enforcement leaders, including Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez for the group called Law Enforcement Leaders to Reduce Crime and Incarceration

“It’s obvious that recent events — from Dallas and Baton Rouge to Milwaukee and across the country — underscore how difficult and important the work is ahead of us to repair the bonds of trust and respect between our police officers and our communities,” Clinton said, according to the Washington Post.

 

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In addition to Valdez, the group meeting with Clinton included New York’s commissioner and chief, chiefs from Camden County, N.J., Los Angeles, Seattle, Tucson and the former Philadelphia commissioner.

In a story about the meeting, The Dallas Morning News referred to Valdez as “one of the most popular Democrats in North Texas. When she appeared onstage, Texas delegates in Philadelphia chanted her name.” Valdez spoke at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia.