Deadlinepasses inrape case

By Katrina Goforth -

In the case of the State of Oklahoma versus Arturo DeJesus, a plea cutoff hearing deadline of Sept. 30 passed at the Jackson County Courthouse after a formal arraignment held Aug. 3.

DeJesus, 32 of Altus, is charged with felony rape in the first degree involving a juvenile victim.

First arrested in March of 2016, DeJesus appeared in court for his initial hearing March 17, at which time a bond was denied and DeJesus was instructed by the judge to have no contact with the victim either directly or indirectly.

Since his initial hearing, DeJesus has completed two preliminary hearing conferences April 15 and May 18. A preliminary hearing was held July 15.

When interviewed by the Altus Police Department on March 10, according to an affidavit released by the Jackson County District Court, officers believed to have found probable cause for the detention of DeJesus without a warrant.

Unlike rape in the second degree, which includes statutory or seemingly consensual sex with any person who is unable to legally give consent, rape in the first degree involves no apparent consent.

If found guilty, legal ramifications include the possibility of life in prison without parole at the severest and five years in prison at a minimum. Even with a more lenient sentence, those found guilty of rape in the first degree are required to register as sex offenders in Oklahoma.

Registered sex offenders face residency and employment restrictions that prohibit living or working near schools or child care facilities and could include GPS monitoring and DNA profiling.

The term of registration can be 15 years to life, depending on the level of risk associated to the offense. Failure to comply with the Oklahoma Sex Offender Registration Act is taken seriously and may result in further felony charges and time spent in prison.

By Katrina Goforth

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

Reach Katrina Goforth at 580-482-1221, ext. 2077.

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