FORT WORTH — A woman accused of letting a convicted felon sexually assault a 12-year-old girl in exchange for methamphetamine was convicted Wednesday evening of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
The woman, whose first name is Leticia, faces a maximum sentence of life in prison. She elected to have state District Judge Scott Wisch sentence her. He will begin the punishment phase of the trial on Thursday, prosecutors said.
The Star-Telegram is using only the defendant’s first name to avoid identifying the girl because the newspaper generally does not identify sexual assault victims.
The man who sexually assaulted the girl is Thomas Crick, who told the girl he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood. He assaulted her for almost four months beginning in September 2012.
Thomas Crick, 31, is serving 30 years in prison for engaging in sexual conduct with a child. A relative of the child is on trial on a charge of continuous sexual abuse of a child.
Crick sent the child home with free methamphetamine for Leticia in exchange for her blindness to the child’s situation, prosecutors said.
Crick, now 31, of Fort Worth, was sentenced in September to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking of a child/engaging in sexual conduct.
Prosecutors blamed Leticia for delivering the girl into Crick’s hands.
“Thomas Crick is a creep of the highest degree,” Wes Ball, Leticia’s attorney, told the jury in a closing statement Wednesday. “He’s a convicted felon, a meth user and he molested the girl. That’s not in dispute.”
What was in dispute was whether or not the state had proved its case against Leticia, Ball said. Where is the proof that Leticia’s need for drugs was so bad that she continued to “pimp out” the child in her care? Ball asked.
Crick was on parole for aggravated robbery and unlawful possession of a weapon. He disabled his ankle monitor prior to his arrest, according to authorities. Crick had been out of prison for less than a year before he was charged with this new offense, said prosecutor Eric Nickols.
Leticia led relatives to believe that Crick was the girl’s babysitter, which was a lie, Nickols said. The girl often cared for her younger brothers and could take care of herself, according to witness testimony.
“Her innocence was the price for Leticia to get high,” Nickols said.
White Settlement police officers testified Wednesday that they seized drug residue and two glass pipes typically used by people who smoke methamphetamine after a search of the residence where Crick lived with a roommate. Police testified that they also found condoms, an empty morning-after pill package and a blue nightgown small enough for a child.
Crick’s roommate declined to be interviewed by police because he “feared Thomas [Crick] and his connection to the Aryan Brotherhood,” according to testimony from Detective Steven Person.
On Tuesday, the girl testified that she has four brothers and lived with three, but none of them was ever asked to go to Crick’s house. Leticia slept most of the day and would retreat to a closet to smoke methamphetamine, the girl said.
She testified that she never told anyone she was having sex or smoking meth with Crick because she was afraid she would get in trouble and also because she came to have feelings for Crick during her abuse.
The girl testified that she does not have those feelings for Crick anymore.
After the girl spent a first night with Crick, Leticia asked if he had touched her or done anything inappropriate, and the girl told the jury that she said no.
“She never asked again,” the girl testified.
Female defendant, “Leticia” 33, of Fort Worth, accused of trading sex with a 12-year-old girl for Methamphetamine
FORT WORTH — The defendant cried Tuesday after hearing testimony by the girl whom she is accused of prostituting for methamphetamine.
The girl cried, too.
The defendant, Leticia, 33, of Fort Worth, and the girl, now 14, had not seen each other in two years until Leticia’s trial began in state District Judge Scott Wisch’s courtroom.
Leticia is charged with continuous sexual abuse of a child under 14. Authorities say she turned a blind eye to the sexual assault in exchange for the meth that the assailant provided.
The maximum sentence is life in prison.
The Star-Telegram is using only the defendant’s first name to avoid identifying the girl because the newspaper generally does not identify victims of sexual assault.
The girl’s assailant, Thomas Crick, 31, of Fort Worth, was sentenced in September to 30 years in prison after pleading guilty to trafficking of a child/engaging in sexual conduct.
In January 2013, authorities separated Leticia and the girl and arrested Crick after relatives of the girl began to suspect that Crick, who was supposed to be baby-sitting the girl, was sexually assaulting her.
The girl, then 12, told investigators that Crick had raped her repeatedly since September 2012. She said that he was a member of the Aryan Brotherhood but that he was trying to get out of the group.
The girl first visited Crick’s Fort Worth home in September 2012 with Leticia. When the girl and Leticia returned home, the girl testified, she was told to pack a bag and prepare to spend the night with Crick.
The girl testified that she and Crick had sex that night and every night they spent together for nearly four months. Many of those nights, they smoked meth, the girl testified. Sometimes she stayed at his house for a week.
Sometimes Crick used a condom and sometimes he did not, according to an investigator’s report based on a Jan. 31, 2013, interview with the girl. Crick’s mother sometimes took the girl to a drugstore to get a morning-after pill so she would not get pregnant, the girl testified.
The girl told an investigator that the meth made her “feel weird” and that she “would have a tingle feeling in her arms and legs and that Thomas [Crick] would give it to her before they would have sex,” the report said.
Crick gave the girl the same drug to take to Leticia, the report said. Leticia never gave the girl money to give to Crick in return, the report said.
The girl described for the investigator an “Aryan Pride” tattoo on the back of Crick’s head and another across his back that said “something versus demons.” Crick also had a “Nazi sign” tattooed on his upper left arm and a picture of Hitler on his stomach, she told the investigator.
The girl told two aunts what was happening, and the aunts called authorities. One aunt took the girl to Cook Children’s Medical Center for a sexual assault examination and reported that her niece was disoriented.
“She reeked of drugs,” the aunt testified. “She was tired because she had been up all night before.”
“This is a sad reality in the life of some children. Their parents are not there to protect them,” said prosecutor Melinda Westmoreland, who is presenting the case with prosecutor Eric Nickols.
Leticia’s attorney, Wes Ball, told jurors in his opening statement that Leticia did not know about the drugs or the sex.
“Where’s the proof that she knew?” Ball asked the jury. “For a conviction, you have to know that the offense was committed and you have to know that the offense will continue to be committed.”
Testimony is scheduled to continue Wednesday.