LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - A Lufkin man will spend the next 8 years in prison on four charges including sexually assaulting a young girl who tested positive for a STD back in 2016.
Accepting a plea bargain, Julious Jamal Griffin, 18, pleaded guilty on four charges, including assaulting a jail inmate and burglary of a building, when he appeared in Judge Bob Inselmann's 217th Judicial District Court on Wednesday.
Lufkin Police arrested Griffin in October 2016 in connection to allegations that he sexually assaulted an underage girl in May 2016. The victim was interviewed by Harold's House in Lufkin by a forensic interviewer a year ago, according to the arrest affidavit. At first, the victim said she was hesitant to talk about the sexual assault.
According to the arrest affidavit, the victim tested positive for gonorrhea after a SANE exam revealed the blood test results.
The jail inmate victim, who was assaulted in the Angelina County Jail on Thanksgiving Day last year, was present in court. He said the sentence is too short for Griffin.
"That's a long time for a guy to think about what he's done," said Jerome Gardner. "I think that's pretty good for him. I think that a child like that is disturbed and he need to get more time for that because simple fact is he, he don't know what he's done. He doesn't know from good from right."