Six indicted in alleged sexual assault of Waco girl

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Posted: Thursday, June 12, 2014 12:01 am

A McLennan County grand jury Wednesday indicted six men on a total of 91 counts that could bring them prison terms of more than 1,300 years in the alleged gang rape of a 15-year-old girl.

Five of the men were indicted on 13 counts of first-degree felony aggravated sexual assault of a child and two counts of sexual assault of a child, a second-degree felony.

The men are Devoric Javon Evans, 20; Lamont Tray Davis, 19; Day’tron Derrell Smith, 18; Da’Juan Oshea Degrate, 18; and Cory Darnell Hall, 18.

A sixth man, Douglas Demond Canada, 19, was indicted on 13 counts of aggravated sexual assault of a child and three counts of sexual assault of a child.

The girl told police she planned to skip school with fellow Waco High School students Canada and Degrate that day, and they drove her to a home in the 800 block of North Fourth Street.

When they got there, four other men were at the house, she told police.

“She went with a couple of boys she thought she knew, and then a bad situation became much worse,” Waco police Sgt. W. Patrick Swanton said after the men were arrested.

The indictments allege the men “acted in concert” with each other, making each responsible for the actions of the others. That is why the indictments allege so many counts against each man, court officials said.

According to records filed in the case, the men asked the girl if she was “freaky.”

The victim said she started having sex with Canada in a bathroom.

Hall reportedly heard the victim telling Canada to stop while they were in the bathroom, and Hall said he told Canada “to chill,” according to arrest warrant affidavits.

“I told him to stop, but he wouldn’t,” the girl told police. “Then he walked me out to the bedroom and the other boys were there. They all had sex with me one at a time.”

After the assaults, Degrate gave Davis $5 to drive the girl back to school before 4 p.m., records indicate.

The girl reported the incident and she was taken to a hospital.

If the men are convicted on each count and a judge stacks the counts, or orders them to serve the sentences consecutively, Canada faces a maximum sentence of 1,360 years in prison, while the other five face 1,340 years, court officials said.

According to court records, Davis was placed on probation as a juvenile for aggravated sexual assault of a child. His probation was transferred to 54th State District Court when he turned 18.

Prosecutors have filed a motion to revoke his probation, and a hearing is set for July 10.

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