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Sex & the Coach
Cops say she raped, sexted 14-year-old girl
By Richard Connelly
For eight months beginning last fall, Rebecca Rose Delagarza, 26, a Pasadena middle-school coach, had numerous sexual encounters in her office or a locker-room storage room with a 14-year-old female student, court documents allege.
Delagarza appeared in court recently on two counts of sexual assault of a child and two counts of improper relationship with a student.
The court documents outline near-weekly encounters involving, as the legal language puts it, "oral sex on each other and digital penetration of their female organs."
Not to mention 22,400 text messages and 3,800 phone calls over the eight months, "at all hours of the day and night, even during school hours," court documents say.
Other coaches at Thompson Intermediate told investigators that Delagarza and the girl were often seen together and spent time alone in the office and elsewhere, court documents say.
Security cams show the two being together, for instance, for four hours this past June, one of those hours alone together.
Delagarza has been on administrative leave from the Pasadena district since the summer.
COURTS, POLITICAL ANIMALS
Threats Were Made, Or Not
By Craig Malisow
The publisher of abOUT magazine, which targets Houston's gay community, has accused the president of the GLBT Political Caucus of making threats against his safety.
So who are the players? The publisher is Michael Lance Williams, better known as Cade Michals. He pleaded no contest to sexual assault of a 13-year-old boy in 1997, when he was 17. The GLBT Caucus head is Noel Freeman. (Note: Williams did some work with the Houston Press's Street Team in 2005).
The fracas concerns an October 7 opinion piece the magazine ran about former State Representative Ellen Cohen, whom the Caucus has endorsed in her run for Houston City Council. The piece, appearing under the byline "Jack H," accused Cohen of hypocrisy for accepting a $10,000 contribution from "ultra-conservative and anti-gay businessman" Bob Perry, of Perry Homes, in her final run for the state legislature. (The link includes an updated response from Cohen; the earlier print edition states that Cohen's office hadn't responded to questions by press time.)
"How can a supposedly gay-friendly candidate accept money from a clearly anti-gay contributor?" Jack H. wrote. Hair Balls guesses it's for the same reason that abOUT runs online ads for Perry Homes.
Williams told Hair Balls that Freeman called him, displeased with the article, and told him, "I know where you live." (An HPD spokesperson confirmed that Williams did file a complaint Monday night.)
Freeman told Hair Balls that he didn't threaten Williams's safety; he just threatened to ask the magazine's advertisers to boycott, because the article was straight-up "yellow journalism."
Williams told us that Freeman called him three days after the issue hit the stands, accusing Williams of running a "smear campaign" against the Caucus, and that he asked for a retraction. But, because "there was nothing false [or] misleading in any way," he didn't think a retraction was warranted. He also accused Freeman of pilfering all the magazine issues from one merchant's racks.
Freeman denied that, and told us that he just called Williams to say, "What we're prepared to do — how this is going to work on our end — is we're going to contact all of your advertisers and urge [them] to drop their ads...I was very matter-of-fact about it."
In case you're wondering about the sex-offender bit, Williams told us that the incident stemmed from a consensual relationship he had when he was 16 and the complainant was 14. He says the boy's mother caught them together and waited a few months before filing a complaint, by which time Williams turned 17 and could be prosecuted as an adult. (The Texas Department of Public Safety registry states the victim was 13.)
An HPD spokesman told us that the complaint will be assigned to an investigator. We'll keep you posted.
What Texas Actress Is Suing Over Her Age?
By Craig Malisow
In one of the stranger lawsuits we've seen, a Texas actress has filed a "Jane Doe" fraud and invasion of privacy suit against Amazon, which she claims used her credit card info to publish her age on her IMDb profile. (IMDb is a wholly owned subsidiary of Amazon.)
Using clues provided in the lawsuit, filed in a Seattle federal court, we've been trying to figure out who this actress might be. Here's what we know: "Being of Asian descent, Plaintiff has a given legal name that is extremely difficult for Americans to spell and pronounce," so she "adopted an Americanized stage name."
She was relatively unknown in 2008 — that's when she first subscribed to IMDbPro in 2003, allowing her to post her biographical info on IMDb. Although she never posted her age, she noticed "that her legal date of birth had been added to her public acting profile...revealing to the public that Plaintiff is many years older than she looks." She alleges that the company could only have known her age by using her credit card information.
According to the lawsuit, the mysterious Jane Doe asked IMDb to remove her age, but the company refused.