A Lake Brownwood man was indicted earlier this month on allegations that he sexually assaulted a disabled woman two times in April of this year.
In an unrelated case, the grand jury indicted a Brownwood man for sexual assault of a child.
In the first case, the May session of the Brown County Grand Jury returned a two-count indictment for aggravated sexual assault against Jason Smith, 43, records in Brown County District Clerk Cheryl Jones’ office state.
Smith, who was arrested April 21, is free on bonds totaling $150,000, Brown County Jail records state.
Smith is alleged in the indictment to have sexually assaulted the disabled woman on April 4 and April 10.
Deputy Marvin Simpson responded to a residence on April 12 in reference to a mentally disabled woman making an outcry of sexual assault, a complaint by sheriff’s investigator Robert Ramirez states. The woman said she was sexually assaulted two times.
According to Ramirez’s complaint:
The woman said the suspect asked her she if consented before allegedly committing the first assault, and the woman answered yes because she feared the suspect. The woman was taken to Hendrick Medical Center in Abilene for a sexual assault examination and gave “consistent” statements to a forensic interviewer.
The suspect has made indirect statements via text messages, email and verbal statements to several witnesses apologizing for his action, the complaint states. One of the suspect’s relatives said the suspect admitted to having sex with the disabled woman on two occasions.
In the other case, the grand jury returned indictments alleging sexual assault of a child and prohibited sexual conduct against Travis Jernigan, 18, of Brownwood.
Jernigan is alleged to have committed the offenses on Nov. 13, 2016. The alleged victim is a girl under the age of 17, the indictment states.