Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 14-Year-Old At Occupy Dallas Camp

By Matt Goodman, CBSDFW.COM
 Man Charged With Sexually Assaulting 14 Year Old At Occupy Dallas Camp

Richard Wayne Armstrong, 24, has been charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the Occupy Dallas encampment. (Credit: Dallas County)

DALLAS (CBSDFW.COM) – Dallas Police have charged Richard Wayne Armstrong, 24, with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old girl at the Occupy Dallas campsite who had run away from her Garland home.

Dallas Police were alerted to a girl at the Occupy Dallas encampment who matched the description of a 14-year-old runaway on October 23.

Authorities took the girl to police headquarters, where she told investigators that she had sex with a 23-year-old man in a tent after telling him she was 19-years-old, according to a release issued Tuesday.

The Child Exploitation Squad began investigating and identified Armstrong as a suspect. He was arrested on October 27 and charged with failure to register as a sex offender and sexual assault of a child, both felonies.

After Occupy Dallas protestors learned of the investigation, they implemented a 10 p.m. curfew at the encampment and promised to check the identification of anyone seen walking the grounds after that time.

Anyone without proper ID would be asked to leave or reported to the police, protestor Rich Coffman said last week. Organizers are also setting up a light system at the encampment and having participants serve as security during overnight watches.

“We’re about to formulate and finish off a registration process that will, essentially, be that screening process,” Michael Prestoneise, camp spokesman, told 1080 KRLD. “We’re dealing with the differences and political views as well as the idea of everyone sort of bonding together as a community and keeping each other safe.”

Protesters told investigators and CBS 11 that they recognized the girl, but also believed she was 19.

Armstrong was previously charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old child in 2009 and registered as an offender in Rowlett, according to the Texas Department of Public Safety’s Sex Offender Registry. The state labeled him a “high-risk” after the first charge, records show.

Armstrong is in the Lew Sterrett Justice Center on a total of $200,000 bond. The victim is currently with Child Protective Services, police said during an afternoon press conference.

The Dallas branch of the Occupy movement began on Oct. 6 with a march from Pike Park downtown to the Federal Reserve. Occupy Dallas is meant to show solidarity with the movement in other cities, most notably Occupy Wall Street, where the protests began.

Supporters say they’re rallying against social inequality and corporate greed, in addition to a host of other economic ills.

On Oct. 14, the city granted the group a permit to stay through that weekend at Pioneer Park on the edge of downtown before moving to an area behind Dallas City Hall.

City spokesman Frank Librio said in a statement that he did not expect this charge to affect the permit.

“This is an isolated incident and any further details would jeopardize the police investigation and subsequent prosecution,” Librio wrote. “Occupy Dallas continues to cooperate with the Dallas Police Department and the city as per the agreement. DPD will continue to enforce state and local penal codes at the (Occupy Dallas) site.”

During the afternoon press conference, Dallas police said they did not anticipate having to ramp up security measures at the encampment.

“As far as security, I don’t think it’s a concern,” said Deputy Chief Sheryl Scott. “I think the department has addressed that.”

Other than an isolated incident on Oct. 24 wherein 23 protestors were arrested after blocking a Chase Bank branch downtown, the Occupy Dallas movement has avoided the sometimes-violent confrontations with police that have arisen in other cities.

On Oct. 27, the group even marched from its campsite to police headquarters in support of the department.


One Comment

  1. Buh, Bye, Pinko says:

    You may have got what you wanted after all, you worthless freeloader! Free housing and food – all in a state prison! I hope you like rough anal sex! Have fun tossing salads!

  2. YRofTexas says:

    Occupy-Dallas attracted these two: an innocent runaway and an UN-registered sex-offender/predator. It also attracts anarchists and communists. Too bad the anarchists and communists can’t be hauled away in the paddy wagon!

    Little girl exploited by a low-life.
    Its unfortunate that he isn’t put away for life before this incident; instead he had his “freedom”.
    Garbage didn’t happen like this at the Tea Party rallies. Wonder why????

    1. janey says:

      “Little girl exploited?” From the sounds of it, she straight up lied to him. Who was exploited?

      “Authorities took the girl to police headquarters, where she said she had sex with a 23-year-old man in a tent and told him she was 19-years-old”

      She told the cops that she said she was 19. Sounds like the guy is the one getting exploited here… sorry, as a girl I just don’t like it when girls lie about stuff like that.

      1. Get Real says:

        It’s still the law. Besides, sex in a public place is also a crime, a lesser crime, but a crime nonetheless. This guy was a perv. Good riddance.

    2. Cappachino65 says:

      Tea Party rallies were not overnight. There was no “occupy”. Just a bunch of bigots waving Nazi pictures and spitting on Congressmen during the daylight hours. That’s why.

    3. el says:

      Occupy “Blah Blah” and the Tea Party lunatics could share said paddy wagon..

      I’m assuming you’ll be included?

  3. thinker says:

    Play it safe and don’t do anything with a female that doesn’t have wrinkles on her face… don’t fall for one or two wrinkles either.

  4. darrell says:

    yes, the pervert needs to hang on the courthouse steps.
    but the “little girl” is as much to blame as he is.

  5. HA HA says:

    As the heckler said to Anthony Weiner, “BYE, BYE, PERVERT!!!!”

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