Four charges of sexual assault of a child have been brought against a Pearland man, with additional charges likely. Sexual offenses against children are some of the most emotionally-charged crimes that face police officers, judges and juries. Because of the emotion involved, the assumption at times becomes one of guilt on the part of the defendant before evidence is validated in support of the allegations.
Allegations are that since the 1990s, there have been multiple occasions of indecency with a child, sexual assault on young girls and the making of child pornography that took place by the now 42-year-old in his home in Texas. The Crimes Against Children Task Force investigation began when the parents of the man's girlfriend turned over a computer memory card they had found in their home. Reportedly, the card contained images of the man assaulting children who were seemingly drugged or asleep. The District Attorney's Office states there are about 15 unidentified 4- to 7-year-old female victims involved in the case at present.
According to police, additional hard drives, CDs and DVDs containing child pornography were found at the man's current home, where he resides with his girlfriend and her young son. Police report she is a person of interest in the case. They are also investigating who was operating the camera shooting the films and photos.
In 2010, the accused faced indecency with a child charges. A woman hired to clean his apartment was encouraged to bring her daughter with her while she worked. After several routine visits, she then allegedly found the man on top of her 5-year-old in an upstairs room. The charges were dropped due to lack of evidence.
Courts support innocence until guilt is proven. Aggressive prosecution for sexual assault that involves a child is understandable. However, experienced evaluation of all circumstances and evidence in the matter is what will allow proper respect for the people involved and the fairest outcomes under the law.
Source: The Huffington Post, "Tad Costin Accused of Raping At Least 15 Children" Sebastian Murdock, Nov. 07, 2013