Saturday, January 25, 2014

TX - El Paso County probation officer (Timothy McCullouch Jr.) charged in alleged sex-trafficking ring had contact with victims through his job

Timothy McCullouch Jr.
Timothy McCullouch Jr.
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By Aaron Martinez

A former El Paso County juvenile probation officer charged in connection with a sex-trafficking ring worked with the underage girls he allegedly forced into prostitution, according to court testimony Friday.

Timothy McCullouch Jr., 28, had 10 documented incidents dealing with the two teenage girls, ages 15 and 17, according to testimony by Julio Lara, a special agent for Homeland Security Investigations which spearheaded the investigation.

Lara testified during a detention hearing for McCullouch in federal court.

McCullouch had contact with the girls at the Samuel F. Santana Challenge Academy, Lara said. The academy, operated by the probation department, is a military-styled program combined with treatment that relies heavily on education and counseling for high-risk juvenile offenders, according to its website.

Officials for the juvenile probation department declined to comment on the case.

Earlier this week, Roger Martinez, head of the juvenile probation department, told the El Paso Times he was advised by lawyers not to disclose any information about McCullouch.

McCullouch no longer works for the El Paso County Juvenile Probation Department, McCullouch's lawyer Sherilyn Ann Bunn said during the hearing. He is a former defensive back for the University of Texas at El Paso football team from 2005 to 2007, according to a UTEP player biography and the El Paso Times archives. McCullouch is originally from Long Beach, Calif.

Bunn had no further comment after the hearing. During the hearing, Bunn said McCullouch maintains he never forced anyone into sex or took any money.

Lara said McCullouch denied meeting the girls as part of his work and said he did not know the ages of the girls during an initial interview. Lara said investigators have evidence that McCullouch filled out transfer paperwork with the date of births of the victims.

Investigators also interviewed other probation officers who identified the victims and confirmed McCullouch had worked with the girls.

McCullouch told investigators during the interview that he first met the two victims at an El Paso-area hotel room with Richard Gray, Lara said. Gray, 24, was also charged in connection with the alleged sex-trafficking ring.

According to Lara, McCullouch told investigators he tried to have sex with the girls but did not force them. The teenage girls, identified only as A.J. and L.A., told investigators McCullouch and Gray forced them into prostitution. McCullouch allegedly was in charge of prostituting A.J., Lara said.

McCullouch faces charges of conspiracy to commit sex trafficking and sex trafficking of children. McCullouch's alleged role in the sex-trafficking ring occurred from June 27, 2012, to July 10, 2012, according to the indictment.

Prosecutors asked U.S. Magistrate Judge Norbert Garney to deny McCullouch bail because he had contacts within law enforcement and the probation department and could use those connections to find the teenage girls. Prosecutors said they believe McCullouch could pose a threat to the victims. Also, prosecutors argued that McCullouch was a flight risk.

Garney denied bail.

McCullouch, also known as T.J., and Gray, known as Crenshaw, are two of five men charged in the alleged sex-trafficking ring. Gray and the other men charged, who are Deion "Memphis" Lockhart, 25; Brandon Shapiro, 21, aka "Chicago" and "B'radd; "Tai Von Trigg" Lynch, 20; and Emmanual "E Jay" Lockhart, 23, are members of the Folk Nation-Gangster Disciples street gang, authorities said.

El Paso Police Department's Gang Unit identified McCullouch as a gang member, Lara testified. It is not known whether McCullouch was a member of the Folk Nation-Gangster Disciples street gang.

The alleged sex-trafficking ring ran from May 2012 to March 2013, the indictment charges. McCullouch and the other men allegedly forced girls and women to work as prostitutes in El Paso, Albuquerque, Las Vegas, Colorado and Killeen, Texas, officials said in a news release.

Prosecutors alleged the men held the victims against their will and would beat them if they did not work as prostitutes.

A victim being threatened and forced into sex-trafficking by a person they know and trust is nothing uncommon, said John Martin, executive director for the Paso del Norte Center of Hope.

"This is what trafficking is, and it happens quite regularly," Martin said. "When you look at a person in a trusted position, like a parent or in a case like the one we are talking about, someone using their office. So when you have the information that he was having contact to these individuals through his office, it is not surprising."

The numbers to call and report suspected cases of trafficking are the National Human Trafficking Resource Center at 1-888-373-7888 and the Center of Hope at 231-8882.


sloan44 said...

He had a job,income and if the people would have left him alone he would have been out soon with a place of his own. Now due to the "Willfully ignorant" he will be around longer because of F.E.A.R..False Evidence Appearing Real. I feel sorry for the guy!

Mark said...

Oh brother. A lot of lonely men in the Lone Star state - huh? Timothy McCullouch Jr. is still presumed innocent until proven guilty. Oh, I forgot, this is a sex charge, that is right; he now is guilty until proven innocent. My bad.

Mark said...

In my view, any lawyer worth their salt would call for a complete psychological exam for Ms. Bennett; it may provide enough information to at least meliorate her charges, and if it is a first offense, courts generally give some leeway.

Mark said...

Well, this is refreshing. Now those "posted," will more than likely allege libel, slander, infringement of their rights etc. you know just like sex offenders and have failed. By the way, "TRUTH" is a defense to slander, libel. And those being public figures have a high bar to go over for these type of cases. Hopefully this man who is posting has published nothing that can come back to haunt him!

Mark said...

Once again, to would-be child porn seekers, once you click ENTER, you are finished. How clear can this be to all of you who believe looking at children in compromising poses will get you somewhere? And none of you even stop to think about all those other sexual offenders who want to make a life for themselves, reform, and be left alone? You make life impossible for so many others because of your narcissism.

Mark said...

To deathklok: There was, a very short time ago in the city I am in now residing in, a top personal injury lawyer. This man was very known to all, and his legal practice was more than a success. He is now in prison for receiving child porn on his home/office computers and admitted so when apprehended. In a word, go figure.

deathklok said...

CP = modern day "Pandora's Box"

I have to believe (For my own sanity) that these folks are caught up in an addiction and get sloppy and leave trails, in hope's of being caught, as a way to release the demons that are troubling them.
Unfortunately the only prescription being written these days (due to required reporting) is many years in prison or hanging yourself.

Eric Knight said...

The victim's name is not completely censored (blanked) throughout the article. Once the names are blanked, I'll delete this post.

Matt said...

He was caught with videos from AZOV which were nudist videos of boys, they DID NOT show boys having sex. The company operated for 11 years and was thought by many to be legal. The company even claimed that the videos were screened by legal experts and were legal in the US and Canada. I have not actually seen the videos myself, this is just information I got from people who have studied the case. The legal definition of what constitutes “child porn” is so broad and unclear that sometimes people don’t know they are breaking the law.

There was a case a while back involving non-nude, non sexual images of girls modeling. The guys involved in that were arrested and charged with child porn after one of the girls lied and claimed she was forced to dress in clothes that made her uncomfortable. But unlike the azov cases, the police never went after the customers, only the people who ran it. Two of the girls were the daughters of the photographer and they made videos and ran a blog defending their father and exposing what happened.

Matt said...

read this:

Anonymous said...

Residency restrictions are usually just a lame excuse to drive offenders out of cities. I don't think half the council members who vote in favor of residency restrictions seriously think they reduce recividism.

notme said...

Omg I am yet still in shock about T.J. never ever could I imagine him to do such thing. Smh this is a cold world I tell you.

Jason Sanders said...

Man oh man, I'm barely finding this out about Tim, we dated for a little over a year and he had his flaws but overall he was a caring person that helped me through hard times, he always was a call away if I needed him. I just hope it's not true that's a messed up situation I have been trying to deal with.

Jason Sanders said...

It's a shame she's not better-looking. If there are any people in the Fort Collins area, remember that you all have a free rape pass when she's free, and I would even suggest that if you are drunk and see her alone, that it is your moral duty to deliver justice. They're not going to believe her story a second time.

Danita Johnson said...

Okay. So, let's face it. If Timothy was involved in this for only 13 days; how could he be in all of those different cities, forcing people to prostitute, while also holding down a job in El Paso as a Probation Officer. I say a new lawyer, who could prove his actual whereabouts, should have been on this case.