JP sets bond at $1 million for child sex assault suspect

Joseph Weeks mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Joseph Weeks mug shot courtesy of Angelina County Jail.
Billy Ball
Billy Ball
Jean Stanley
Jean Stanley

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Editor's note: The following story contains graphic sexual language.

LUFKIN, Texas (KTRE) - A Lufkin man who a grand jury has already indicted on one count of sexual assault of a child was charged again Monday on two more counts of the same crime. A justice of the peace set his total bond at $1 million.

Joseph Michael Weeks, 19, surrendered himself to Lufkin Police on Monday on the two counts of sexual assault of a child.

An investigation began in December when a 15-year-old girl told police Weeks touched her in her private area when they went to the movies together at Lufkin Mall. She in turn performed oral sex on him, she said.

The victim turned in cell phone text messages that confirmed what happened, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Justice of the Peace Bill Ball said he very rarely sets bond that high, but the law allowed him to do it with Weeks' previous arrest. Bond is $500,000 for each of the new counts. Should Weeks make bond, conditions are in place that would keep him from being in contact with children.

Weeks is out on bond for a July case in which he met up with the alleged 13-year-old victim and two other friends. According to the report, one of the friend's mother allowed her daughter and the 13-year-old girl to leave with Weeks, but she told Weeks not to mess with the girl because she knew that he was a "male whore dog."

The four went to Lufkin Walmart and purchased cough medicine and cigarettes, the affidavit stated. They then smoked and drank the medicine in the parking lot and went to a house in Hudson.

At the house, the affidavit states Weeks began kissing the girl and she kissed him back. He then tried to grope her but she told him to stop, the affidavit states.

According to the affidavit, Weeks forced himself on the girl as she was starting to feel the effects of the medicine. The affidavit states she remembers her pants being down and Weeks having sex with her and she told him to stop but he did not until her friend told him to.

According to the affidavit, Weeks told police he did not rape the girl but they did have consensual sex.

"What most people don't understand is that just because the person is going along with sexual behavior that doesn't constitute true consent," Counselor Jean Stanley said.

Stanley works with most of Angelina County's sex offenders.

She sees a lot of these types of cases involving teens whose ages are more than three years apart.

The question looms: can repeat suspects be rehabilitated? Stanley says that all depends.

"Unless his pervasive sexual interest is to adolescent girls and then we have problems and at that point its a sexual orientation and we have to treat it as such," Stanley said.

Then it's more about managing their issues, not curing them.

"Whereas if you have a person who has an isolated incident of perpetuating on a child than it's less of a predatory as much as its is an opportunistic type of offense," Stanley said. "Yes, they can be rehabilitated."

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