The DeKalb County Grand Jury returned indictments Monday, November 26 against five people in recent child sex crimes.
18 year old Paul D. Gilliam is indicted for statutory rape of a 14 year old girl. Sheriff Patrick Ray said at the time of his arrest that Gilliam is alleged to have had sexual intercourse on four or five occasions with a 14 year old female at her home on Dale Ridge Road and with her consent. The offense allegedly occurred on May 30. The case was referred to the sheriff's department and investigated by criminal detectives. Gilliam was arrested on July 11 and brought to the jail.
19 year old Bryan Thomas Thompson was indicted for statutory rape of a 13 year old girl. Sheriff Ray said the case against Thompson was investigated by criminal detectives of the DeKalb County Sheriff's Department.
According to Sheriff Ray, the child's mother, 48 year old Edna Jeanette Cox allowed Thompson to move into her home and to stay in the same room with her daughter, knowing that he and the young girl were having sex.
Sheriff Ray said that Thompson admitted to having engaged in sexual intercourse with the 13 year old girl on several occasions beginning June 30 and knew that it was wrong. Cox was originally charged with child endangerment. Her case has not yet gone before the grand jury. She will appear in General Sessions Court on the charge December 20.
21 year old Stephen M. Rogers, Jr has been indicted with the statutory rape of a fifteen year old and the girl's parents, 45 year old Donna Smith and 33 year old Bryan Smith have been indicted for child neglect, allowing their daughter to engage in sexual activity with this man, even providing them condoms
The warrant against Rogers states that "on Friday, May 11 at a residence in Smithville, Rogers did have sexual intercourse with a fifteen year old female while living with her the previous four months".
The warrant against Donna Smith, the mother of the girl, states that she " did knowingly approve of the daughter's sexual intercourse with a 21 year old male, Michael Rogers. This has been happening for the previous four months and on several occasions. Also the parents furnished condoms to the subjects and allowed them to live together".
The warrant against Bryan Smith, the father of the girl, states that he "did knowingly approve of his daughter's sexual intercourse with a 21 year old male, Michael Rogers. He has known of this going on for the previous four months and on several occasions has furnished them with condoms and allowed them to live together knowing that this was going on in the residence."
The case was investigated by the Department of Children Services and detectives and officers of the Smithville Police Department.
Gilliam, Thompson, Rogers, and Donna and Bryan Smith will appear for arraignment in DeKalb County Criminal Court on Monday, December 10.