When we think about “rape,” the first thoughts that come to
mind may be stranger rape, or date rape, but rape doesn’t only happen
between strangers or people who have just begun dating.
In Texas, if someone says “no,” but they’re forced to
have sex, they can be charged with sexual assault, even if they are in
a relationship with the victim, and a recent rape case involving a Plano
man proves our point.
On Friday, Nov. 20, Collin County District Attorney Greg Willis announced
that D. Mitchell, 35, of Plano, was sentenced to 35 years for committing
aggravated sexual assault, a first degree felony in Texas.
In August of 2014, Mitchell was in a relationship with a woman. One August
day, he decided to strike the woman with a flashlight several times before
raping her. As the victim cried, she pleaded with him to stop, but instead
of stopping, Mitchell threatened to kill her if she didn’t go along with it.
The next day, Mitchell sent the woman threatening and harassing texts,
demanding to see her. She drove to the Plano Police Department and reported the
sexual assault to Officer J.W. Burns. After that, she travelled to a local hospital,
where she was examined by a sexual assault nurse.
While the victim was at the hospital, Mitchell called her again.
When she confronted him about the rape, Mitchell responded by saying that
maybe she’ll step up to the plate and be a woman and take care of
him, otherwise he’ll continue degrading her until he breaks her.
Further adding that he could make it much worse. Nurses at the hospital
heard Mitchell’s remarks, the
Plano News Courier reported.
Shortly thereafter, Mitchell was arrested by the Plano Police. As he sat
in jail, he continued to try and contact the victim. He went so far as
to send her letters demanding that she not show up in court, and threatening
her if she did appear.
In the end, Mitchell pleaded guilty and requested that a judge decided
his fate. After reviewing the evidence and hearing the victim’s
testimony, Judge Webb Biard sentenced Mitchell to 35 years in prison.
Mitchell will have to serve at least one-half of his sentence before he
can be considered eligible for parole.
If you are facing criminal charges for a
sex crime, contact
The Zendeh Del Law Firm to speak with a Plano criminal defense attorney who cares about you and