Girl, 16, Testifies About Alleged Trysts With 22-Year-Old Towamencin Man
Julius Demetrius V, of Dock Village, faces 35 sex crime offenses, including 10 counts of felony statutory rape, for an alleged sexual relationship with a then 15-year-old girl that began on a family vacation in Panama
A 16-year-old girl took the stand at a preliminary hearing inside the courtroom of Judge Harold Borek in Lansdale Thursday morning and testified about alleged trysts with her friend’s 21-year-old brother that began in Panama and ended in Dock Village in Towamencin over a three-month period.
Julius Demetrius V continues to be accused of 35 sex crimes, including 10 felony counts of statutory rape and three new charges of felony involuntary deviate sexual intercourse, as he heads to county arraignment October 24.
Montgomery County Assistant District Attorney Kathleen Colgan added the three new charges at Demetrius’ preliminary hearing.
Ten felony counts of corruption of minors were amended to one felony count, and 10 felony counts of unlawful contact with a minor were also amended to one felony count.
Demetrius V is also charged with 10 felony counts of aggravated indecent assault on a child less than 16 years old and 10 misdemeanor counts of indecent assault on a person less than 16 years of age, according to court records.
All charges were held over for county arraignment.
The affair came to light after the alleged victim disclosed to her parents that she had been involved in a sexual relationship with a 21 year old, according to an affidavit of probable cause.
The alleged victim testified Thursday that she and Demetrius first had sex in Panama, where she accompanied his family on a trip. The sex continued in one to two week increments through July 22, usually on the weekend and during sleepovers with Demetrius’ younger sister at her mom’s house in Dock Village.
She testified that Demetrius “used his fingers and penis” on her about 10 times. They had oral sex about four times, she said.
Demetrius, she said, would text her from the living room for her to come out and have sex with him when the family was asleep.
In a cross examination, defense attorney Saul Solomon asked the victim if she went to the house on the invite from Demetrius’ sister and if it was true that Demetrius never called her, but texted her each time, to which she answered yes for both.
She testified the texting was a “two way street,” meaning they would respond to one another. Solomon asked the victim if she initiated any texts, but Borek sustained an objection from Colgan.
“Were there any times you would go over … that you wouldn’t have sex?” asked Solomon.
“I don’t remember,” said the girl.
She testified that Demetrius had asked her to come to her house.
Detective John Wittenberger of Towamencin Township Police testified he was able to verify Demetrius’ age of 21 by accessing PennDOT driver’s license records. Wittenberger said Demetrius was 21 between April and July 2012.
Demetrius is free on $10,000 bond, according to court records.
Colgan requested a bail increase to $100,000, as the Commonwealth believed Demetrius to be a flight risk.
“He has a passport and he had been in Panama. There’s questions about him returning to Panama,” Colgan said.
Solomon said Demetrius has no ties to Panama. Colgan said Demetrius’ mother’s family resides in Panama. Colgan claimed Demetrius “purposely avoided arrest” when the county advised Solomon of the arrest warrant.
“That is such a lie, your Honor,” Solomon yelled. “The defendant complied with turning over his passport.”
Solomon said he told detectives he was coming back from vacation to speak to them about the arrest warrant for his client. He said he told police the first thing he was going to do was surrender Demetrius, which he did.
“He has not violated any condition of bail whatsoever,” Solomon said. “I was in touch with him and his family before I turned him in.”
Borek believed Solomon, and kept bail at $10,000 cash.
“Mr. Solomon is a member in good standing with the county bar association,” Borek said. “There’s no reason for him to misrepresent the accuracy of statements of the court.”
According to the affidavit, the father of the victim, then 15, met with Towamencin Township detectives on July 27 concerning statutory sexual offenses.
The alleged victim told her parents about the relationship during the week of July 23, police said.
The alleged victim traveled with the family to Panama for a two-week vacation in April, police said, where the alleged tryst started.
Police said Demetrius would sleep in the living room of his mother’s Towamencin home. When other members of the family were believed to be asleep, Demetrius would allegedly send texts to the alleged victim telling her to meet him, police said.
The affidavit states that Demetrius told the alleged victim not to tell anyone about what they were doing as he could get in trouble with law enforcement.
“On August 3, Julius Demetrius and (the victim) had a conversation that involved Demetrius acknowledging that he could go to jail,” the affidavit states.