James to stand trial in sexual assault of girl walking to school

Charles James

Charles James

LANCASTER – A 30-year-old man accused of sexually assaulting a girl on her way to school in Lancaster last year will stand trial, a superior court judge ruled Monday.

Charles Delshawn James was ordered to trial on six felony counts, including two counts of kidnapping to commit another crime, one count of sexual penetration by foreign object, one count of sodomy by use of force, one count of committing a lewd act upon a child, and one count of dissuading a witness from reporting a crime.

The judge’s decision concluded an hour-long preliminary hearing that included a graphic account of what the 14-year-old victim told investigators about the alleged sexual assault.

The victim said, between 6:15 and 6:30 a.m. on Thursday, Dec. 13, she was walking to Eastside High School on her way to a zero-period class, according to testimony by Detective John Amis of the Sheriff’s Department’s Special Victim’s Bureau.

The girl was walking eastbound on Avenue J-8 listening to music from her phone, via ear buds, when she noticed someone walking behind her, Amis testified. The girl told investigators the man was wearing a brown hooded jacket and dark pants. As the victim got closer to a mobile park, she shut her music off and crossed the street to avoid the suspect, but the suspect continued to follow her, Amis testified.

The victim reached for her phone to call her mom, and the suspect caught up to her. He grabbed her by the ponytail and right shoulder and began dragging her back across the street, Amis testified. The victim’s notebook, cell phone and purse dropped on the street during the struggle, Amis testified.

“The individual told her to shut up or he would kill her,” Amis said.

The victim was pushed up against a brick wall, behind some oleander bushes that were tall enough to hide two people, Amis said, adding that the suspect was behind the victim.

The suspect said, “Do you have d**k on your mind this morning?” before forcefully pulling open the victim’s shirt and putting his mouth on her left breast, as he restrained her from behind, Amis testified.

Amis proceeded to give a graphic account of the repeated sexual assault.

“She said it was painful and she was crying,” Amis testified. Amis said the victim was able to see a part of the suspect’s face and she did not recognize him. The suspect told the victim he knew her, knew her family and knew where she lived, Amis said.

When the suspect finished the sexual assault, he grabbed the girl’s belongings from in the street and ran west, Amis said. The girl ran in the opposite direction and knocked on the door of the first house she saw, Amis testified. The girl was able to get a phone to call her mom for help, but there was no answer, Amis said.

The Lancaster Sheriff’s Station was contacted, and the girl was taken to Antelope Valley hospital for treatment, Amis said.

Nearly two weeks after the incident, sheriff’s detectives used several “investigative tools” to identify James as a suspect in the sexual assault, officials said at the time. On Dec. 27, 2012, James was arrested in Greenville, South Carolina, where he had been visiting relatives for the holidays. (Read more here.) He was extradited back to California about a week after.

During Monday’s preliminary hearing, Amis said he interviewed James in the Greenville South Carolina detention facility, before James was extradited back to California. He also testified that authorities took an oral swab from James’ cheek on Jan. 4, 2013.

The oral reference from James was used to generate a DNA profile, according to testimony from Kenneth Takigawa, Senior Criminologist with the Sheriff’s Department.

Authorities also obtained a “blood reference” from the victim, along with a swab from the victim’s left breast, where “saliva was indicated,” Takigawa testified.

“Basically I compared them all against each other,” Takigawa said, adding that the DNA evidence matched.

During cross examination, James’ defense attorney argued that the victim was shown a photo line-up that included James, but the victim was unable to identify James from the photo line-up.

James’ defense attorney also argued that the first DNA sample tested from James had returned an “unexpected result”, forcing investigators to halt the case because the sample had been contaminated.

Takigawa said technicians tested a second oral reference from James, which was not contaminated. That second sample matched DNA evidence taken from the victim, Takigawa said.

The defense’s motion to dismiss the case due to insufficient evidence was denied. James was held to answer on all counts and ordered back to custody on $2.3 million bail.

James is due back in court on Wednesday, February 20, for a second arraignment.

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  24 comments for “James to stand trial in sexual assault of girl walking to school

  1. L & 20th W.
    February 6, 2013 at 11:15 am

    Dreamers all this prison justice junk…look at the amount of convected child mollesters and sex offenders on your Megans List…hey most are in this town..You think the prison system hurt them or they were raped and killed..No plenty are out and about after a very short stay and the jails have to protect them..let alone the pure fact most enjoy same sex encounters…give me a break. the only way to curb this is 20 years min and or removing the body part or the low life in general…but no we cant do that some Hollywood guy will get up and tell you how safe you are and how we should have no reason to own firearms etc. If you think these freaks are hurt and beat to death in jail..look at the list pure fact..most are out in less than 3 and dumped right here in our backyards

  2. sikntired
    February 5, 2013 at 1:01 pm

    And he said what to her? WTH is going on with people, too much Hollywood nonsense, no values, we have really failed our children.SMFH.

  3. Forewarned
    February 5, 2013 at 7:52 am

    My motto: What goes around comes around. You’re gonna get what you deserve creep.

    • Concered
      February 5, 2013 at 4:06 pm

      Hope he likes catching as violently he likes pitching!!

      • sikntired
        February 5, 2013 at 4:38 pm

        Au contraire,I hope he absolutely hates it . Disgusting pig.

  4. Gladys
    February 4, 2013 at 10:41 pm

    Another example of how some youngsters don’t have any respect for themselves, others, or the law of the land we live in.

  5. Raptorman
    February 4, 2013 at 9:33 pm

    Back in the beginning when this scum was first arrested, wasn’t there a couple of defenders in the comments? Where are those pukes now?

    • sikntired
      February 4, 2013 at 10:46 pm

      “Another dummy ” was one of them, from 12/26.

  6. sikntired
    February 4, 2013 at 6:44 pm

    What a disgusting POS, this poor kid will be forever affected.
    Hope the boys have fun with him in jail.

    • Raptorman
      February 4, 2013 at 9:30 pm

      I think the words “LEWD ACT ON A CHILD” should be tatooed on his forehead. Just “CHILD MOLESTER” would work fine also.
      The prison homies would take care of the rest.

      • frank rizzo
        February 5, 2013 at 7:19 pm

        They are gonna love this guy in the joint.

  7. February 4, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    God will deal with this scum personally. You don’t violate his children. This fat ugly pig should be put to death, not only did he scare her with harming her family, he violated her as a young child.

    • sikntired
      February 4, 2013 at 6:54 pm

      His”children ” are violated all the time. ;God should have dealt with him already.

    • dumbandblind
      February 5, 2013 at 11:00 am

      God does not deal with scum we do.

    • frank rizzo
      February 5, 2013 at 7:20 pm

      There is no god. Grow Up.

      • KOUI
        February 11, 2013 at 10:14 pm

        I pray you’re wrong.

  8. Lisa
    February 4, 2013 at 4:29 pm

    How horrific for this young girl

  9. justice
    February 4, 2013 at 4:21 pm

    I hope he gets what he deserves!!!

    • dumbandblind
      February 5, 2013 at 11:04 am

      Unless its castration nothing else is fair.

  10. Letlow
    February 4, 2013 at 4:04 pm

    WOW. His goose is most definitely cooked! It really bothers me that man was able to enjoy the holidays with his family out of town knowing that he had just violated a helpless little girl back home. If all the evidence is true, this man is a true sociopath.

    • sikntired
      February 4, 2013 at 10:43 pm

      We can only hope his goose is cooked, I ‘d like to shove it where the sun don’t shine.
      What a shame he even gets to go through the system.Damn, where’s Charles Bronson?

      • Gladys
        February 4, 2013 at 10:47 pm

        no, no. “Make my day”. Clint Eastwood.

        • sikntired
          February 4, 2013 at 10:58 pm

          He’d be a good choice too.

          • VWFish
            February 4, 2013 at 11:24 pm

            or the trunk of a Cadilliac with a couple Guidos Driving……Can you say Hole In The Desert???

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