ROGERSVILLE - A Kingsport man was charged with two counts of rape of a child by the Hawkins County Sheriff's Office afteradmitting to sexual contact with a 9-year-old old girl he babysat during the week of Oct. 10-14.
Two indicted on child rape charges Oct 25, 2017
A Turlock man has been convicted of committing sexual assault on two minors over the course of several years is expected to be sentenced to 12 years in prison.
Elton Boyd Kelley, 64, was convicted of continuous sexual abuse of a child for crimes against John Doe 1, and oral copulation of a minor for crimes against John Doe 2.
Kelley’s jury trial in Stanislaus County Superior Court had seen several days of testimony and evidence presented by the prosecution, when Kelley suddenly decided to change his plea from not guilty to no contest, according to the Stanislaus County District Attorney’s Office.
The sexual assault on John Doe 1 occurred between 2003 and 2010, starting when the boy was 7 and ended when he moved away with his family at age 13. After the family moved to another state, the young boy told his father about the sexual assaults he had suffered at the hands of Kelley and the father contacted the Turlock Police Department.
Kelley was initially arrested in February 2015. At the time of his arrest, investigators served a search warrant at his home in the 400 block of Sue Street in Turlock and removed electronic equipment and a computer.
The district attorney’s office was waiting on computer forensics to be completed before filing charges. In the meantime, investigators found the second victim.
After John Doe 1 moved away, Kelley turned his attention to John Doe 2, sexually assaulting him between 2011 and 2013, when the victim was 15 to 17 years old.
Kelley was initially charged with one count of continuous sexual abuse of a child, oral copulation of an unconscious person, sending harmful matter with the intent of seducing a minor and sodomy by force. In exchange for changing his plea, the district attorney’s office agreed to drop the other charges.
Stanislaus County Superior Court Judge Thomas Zeff found Kelley guilty of the two offenses and ordered he be held at the Stanislaus County Jail without bail.
At sentencing hearing is scheduled for Dec. 12, at which time Kelley is expected to be sentenced to an agreed upon term of 12 years in state prison.
Kelley also will receive one strike and will have to serve at least 85 percent of his sentence.
Upon his release from prison, Kelley will be placed on parole for 20 years and six months and will have to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life.
One of the young women sexually assaulted as a child by Jerry Negron told the Mount Penn man at his sentencing she doesn't think he's a monster.
A monster, she said, admits to their crimes proudly, with no shame.
“But you don't have the courtesy to accept what you did out loud,” the victim said as Negron kept his gaze on the floor. “You're afraid. You're ashamed at how your wife, son and parents will look at you. Well, you should feel that way.”
Negron, 37, of the 100 block of North 25th Street, was convicted at a July trial of sexually assaulting three girls throughout a 10-year span.
Judge M. Theresa Johnson said she can't begin to imagine the terror the victims experienced at the hands of Negron, who has not expressed remorse at any point.
The judge said she believed the sentencing guidelines for the crimes were inappropriate and chose to go above them, reading through the graphic details of the victims' testimonies before sentencing Negron to a total of 28 to 71 years in state prison followed by 15 years of probation.
“This is so disturbing,” she said. “This started when they were all six or seven years of age and went through until they were 15 years old. And it will continue with them for the rest of their lives.”
A jury found Negron guilty of 14 of 19 counts, including involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, aggravated indecent assault, sexual assault, indecent assault, indecent exposure and corruption of minors. He was found not guilty of several charges related to a fourth alleged victim.
Negron was also deemed a sexually violent predator based on an evaluation by the state Sexual Offenders Assessment Board. He will have to register as such for the rest of his life.
Johnson's sentence was above Assistant District Attorney Meg McCallum's recommendation of 17 to 71 years. Defense attorney Andrea E. Mertz requested a sentence of 111/2 to 23 years in state prison followed by 30 years of probation.
McCallum said the case involved three victims who were each assaulted for many years, with the abuse escalating as they got older.
“The defendant has sentenced each of these victims to a life sentence,” she said. “The defendant took away the childhoods of each of these victims and has probably taken away a lot of their adult lives because they're going to have to continue to fight.”
According to trial testimony, the assaults occurred between 2005 and 2015 at various locations in Mount Penn, Lower Alsace Township and at Blue Marsh Lake. However, most of the abuse occurred in Negron's home and occasionally in his vehicle.
The victims, now between the ages of 17 and 22, said they spent a lot of time with Negron and trusted him.
Two of the victims testified they confronted Negron about the abuse, but it still continued. One said Negron told her if she allowed him to continue to abuse her, he would stop abusing the others girls.
Johnson and McCallum both said that incident alone showed the type of cruel manipulation Negron used on his victims. The case came to light in 2015 when one of the victims reported the abuse to her high school guidance counselor.
Negron, who had worked at a local hospital as a registered nurse for 10 years, declined to make a statement at sentencing. During the trial, he told the jury the abuse never happened and he was heartbroken that he could be accused of such outrageous crimes.
Two of the victims spoke at the sentencing, saying Negron caused them immense pain by not only abusing them but also by continuing to deny it.
One victim told Negron she still struggles with the demons he's made her face, saying it took her reaching her lowest point to finally say something.
“You manipulated us, lied to us and lied to others to keep this going,” she said. “But now I am stronger, I will stand taller and I won't let this hold me down anymore. I will be happy, truly happy, some day.
“It wasn't my fault at all, it was yours. I owe nothing of myself to you anymore.”