LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A 35-year-old Hudson man accepted a plea bargain deal of five years in a Texas Department of Criminal Justice for sexually assaulting a 16-year-old girl twice at his home back in May of 2014.
Ahmad Rachon Shepherd appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217 Judicial District Court Wednesday morning. As part of the plea deal, he pleaded guilty to a second-degree felony sexual assault of a child charge.
Shepherd will be required to register as a sex offender for the rest of his life. A separate hearing will be held in a few weeks in regard to a lifetime protective order preventing him from ever having any contact with the victim.
According to the arrest affidavit, a Hudson Police officer was dispatched out to Lufkin's Memorial Hospital in reference to a sexual assault of a child in May of 2014. When he got there, the 16-year-old girl's mother told the HPD officer that Shepherd had sex with her daughter on two separate occasions in May and had threatened to kill her and her family if she told anyone.
The girl told the officer that she had been at Shepherd's house in the 3000 block on May 7 or May 8, 2014 when the first alleged sexual assault occurred. According to the affidavit, the girl said Shepherd started asking her to have sex with him. She initially said no, but Shepherd allegedly continued to ask and beg until "she became aggravated and finally told him yes."
According to the affidavit, the second sexual encounter occurred between 11 p.m. and midnight on May 17, 2014. The girl told the HPD officer that Shepherd again started asking and begging her to have sex with him until she gave in, and they allegedly had sex in his bedroom.
The girl also told the officer that she was afraid that Shepherd would hurt her or her family.
Later in the evening of May 18, 2014, the HPD officer transported the girl and her mother to Harold's House, where a forensic interviewer interviewed the girl. According to the affidavit, the victim gave a version of events that was basically the same as the one she gave the Hudson Police officer.
According to Texas criminal law, a child under the age of 17 cannot legally give consent to have sex.