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Rushville man charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child

There are 28 comments on the KHQA-TV Quincy story from Apr 7, 2012, titled Rushville man charged with predatory criminal sexual assault of a child. In it, KHQA-TV Quincy reports that:

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#22 May 11, 2012
I sent you a message on Facebook with my phone number

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#23 May 12, 2012
Well, as we suspected, the victim is one of Dick's granddaughters. From what I've been told, she spent a lot of time with Dick and his wife.

This is directed to the little girl's father: I'm so sorry. Don't lose your cool and do anything crazy. I know you have a temper! If you need me, I'm here for you. Be there for your daughter, don't allow any of the family to hurt her anymore than she has been. I hope your mom comes to her senses and tosses that sick MF out on his ass. I know she is ill and needs care, but she has three sons and there are several in home services to help her. I hope your family stands beside, and protects, the innocent child, unlike Danny's family. Love you. God bless .....

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#24 May 13, 2012
This whole site provides a lot of information for abuse victims.

I just posted a few paragraphs and there is more at the link. I hope it helps someone. ...

Why I Talk About My Childhood Abuse Over and Over

by Christina Enevoldsen

When I used to talk about my childhood sexual abuse, I heard familiar accusations:“You just want attention” or “Nobody likes a crybaby.” As I poured out the same story again and again to my friends, I felt guilty for wasting their time.

I believed that there was a rule that I was allowed to share a bad experience with one or two people at the most and then I had to stop talking about it or I was “just being a victim”. Yet I was compelled to keep talking about it even with the internal accusations and the guilt that it caused.

I was warned that “dwelling” on things doesn’t serve any purpose—that it would just make me feel worse. But I was already depressed and it wasn’t from talking about my abuse. I was depressed because my trauma and the feelings that went with it were locked up inside of me. As I started to see some benefit from talking about my abuse, I started to question the limited talking “rule”.

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#25 May 14, 2012
Never, never, be afraid to do what’s right, especially if the well-being of a person or animal is at stake. Society’s punishments are small compared to the wounds we inflict on our soul when we look the other way.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

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#26 May 21, 2012
Ex-deputy’s conviction voided

Former Lea County Sheriff ’s deputy
Danny Surratt walked in the courtroom in tears for

a sentencing hearing Thursday morning, but walked

out with a second chance to prove his innocence.

On April 13, a jury found Surratt, 61, of Lovington

guilty of one count of criminal sexual penetration

in the second degree of a child 13 to 18 years

On Thursday, Judge Steven Bell of Carlsbad ordered

a new trial in District Court in Lovington after

throwing out that April guilty verdict reached by

Bell ruled based on a defense motion on Thursday

that criminal intent language was left out of jury

instructions in April.

“On many levels this is unfortunate,” said Bell

before granting the defense’s motion.“... It was

not tendered to me by the state, the defendant’s

council does not have the obligation to say the

instruction was left out. We had a week-long trial,

in which a jury worked extremely hard to diligently

arrive at what they believed was a fair verdict.”

Defense attorney Barry Crutchfield said there was

an omission of general criminal intent in the jury

instructions, which is required by New Mexico

criminal law and would void all the proceedings in

the first trial. Crutchfield is Surratt’s new

defense attorney, hired after the last jury trial.

“I have come in this case very recently. I found

and noted in the instructions the absence of the

criminal intent,” he told the court.“... We
believe that that is fundamentally an error.”

Prosecutor Courtney Hewes of Alamogordo asked after

the case was reversed that the court increase

Surratt’s bond previously set and posted at


“He has more information and more to be
scared of,” Hewes told the court.

She also asked the judge for the trial to be
scheduled as soon as possible and said the longer

the wait, the worse it was for everyone involved in

the case.

Judge Bell agreed with Hewes.

“This case needs to be finished as quickly as
possible,” he said.

Hewes said after the hearing she was shocked
by the decision.

“I feel horrible, and I feel it is a tragedy, but I
respect the judge’s decision,” Hewes said after
the motion was granted.

Crutchfield said it is regrettable delays occur
but the law requires certain actions.

The courthouse was patrolled by New Mexico
Police agents during the hearing and about 70
spectators in the courthouse consisting of both
defense and prosecution supporters were separately

escorted out.

The victims in the case are the defendant’s 11-
and 18-year-old stepgranddaughters, who testified

allegedly Surratt molested them on multiple

occasions, with one of the incidents occurring on

May 15, 2010.

Surratt was originally charged with one count
of criminal sexual penetration of a child under
the age of 13 in the first degree, one count of
criminal sexual penetration of a child under
the age of 13 in the second degree, one count of
criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to 18
years old in the third degree and one count of
criminal sexual penetration of a child 13 to 18
years old.

Counts two and four were dismissed during
the second day of trial. The jury was instructed
to deliberate on counts one and three but were
not able to return a verdict on count one due to
mistrial related to jury instructions.

Surratt took the stand during the trial and
denied the allegations.

“No I did not. I loved my granddaughters,” he
said, sobbing during his testimony.“I love my
granddaughters ... I feel that they have been
pushed into this.”

The retrial for count one had already been

tentatively set for July 9.


Crazy how the omission of the word INTENT is all it takes to allow a person that was convicted of molesting a child go free. BUT, that IS the law.

So, we all have to go through it all again.

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#28 Jun 27, 2012
Spoke with someone on the phone today from the DA's office. I was informed that the Pretrial in scheduled for September 24, 2012. He is facing 21 counts relating to his arrest for child molestation.

Plz pray for justice!

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#29 Jun 27, 2012
Whywhywhy, if you hear anything plz let me know. You have my phone number too!

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#30 Sep 24, 2012
I just got off the phone with the DA's office in Schyler County here) and her family in your prayers. And pray that the entire truth come out and justice is served.

Thank you.

His younger brother, x police officer Danny Surratt's next trial date is:

02/11/2013 9:00 AM JURY TRIAL
02/04/2013 9:00 AM PRE-TRIAL HEARING
01/11/2013 9:00 AM PRE-TRIAL HEARING

He is charged with 4 counts, and is accused of molesting 2 of his granddaughters.

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