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August 5, 2011

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Testimony: Man sought sex with 6-year-old

WEATHERFORD — In a second day of testimony during the punishment trial of sex offender Johnathan Cooper, witnesses testified meeting Cooper through Myspace or Craigslist, having a sexual relationship with him and being asked about contacting younger girls.

The then 13-year-old victim in the case said Cooper, 22 at the time, sent her texts saying he wanted to have sex with her and a 6-year-old girl he believed to be at the house. The girl reportedly told her mother in the middle of the texting conversation, and the mother called 911, allowing deputies to stop and arrest Cooper as he arrived at her home.

Cooper pleaded guilty to the charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child under 14 years and online solicitation of a minor under 14 years in April.

The now 16-year-old victim said she lied about her age at first, but she had told Cooper she was 13 prior to him having sex with her.

The Democrat does not generally identify sexual assault victims.

The teen girl said she contacted him through her cousin in 2008, after breaking up with her boyfriend. She was aware of his age and liked going out with older men, she said.

She testified she left the house early morning Oct. 18, 2008, to meet him in her pajamas, but didn’t anticipate having sex with him.

They parked and the girl said he pulled her pants down, turned her around in her seat, holding her hands behind her and pushing her head into the seat and had sexual intercourse with her.

She said she asked him to stop, but he didn’t and she began crying.

When he dropped her off across the street, she was crying and just wanted to go to sleep, she said.

“He told me he was going to make me have a baby,” the victim said.

He also told her he had sex with an 11-year-old and wanted her to get a younger girl for him, she said.

During the early morning hours of Oct. 20, she reportedly told her mother he was coming over again, and her mother told her to keep texting Cooper as the mother called 911, according to testimony.

According to texts — between Cooper and the girl that morning — entered as evidence in the case, she told him she had a 6-year-old coming over for him to have sex with. They had a nearly hour-long conversation by text message about the 6-year-old, whether the young child was going in the car with him, whether the 6-year-old had had sex in the past, what the young girl would be wearing and what he planned to do with her, according to the documents.

After Cooper’s arrest that night, he bonded out of jail and began contacting her online as someone else, according to testimony.

The girl said she sent a topless photo of herself to a man on Myspace she believed to be named Brad. That was the only time she sent the picture, she said.

The photo was later found in two folders seized from Cooper’s residence during the 2010 Johnson County sexual assault of a child case, according to testimony.

The girl said she deleted her Myspace account because of the incident.

Since the sexual assault, she dropped out of school and is being homeschooled, she said.

“I was depressed and doing harmful stuff to myself,” the girl said, adding she began cutting herself after the incident.

Bailey Oshiyama, now 20, said she was his girlfriend for almost a year in 2009 and 2010, and she lived with him and his family after her parents kicked her out of the house because she was in a relationship with him.

“He found me on Myspace and requested to be my friend,” Oshiyama said.

At one point she found a camera watching her in the bathroom and he made a joke of it, Oshiyama said.

She found evidence in his email account that led her to believe he had engaged in prostitution and hired prostitutes, she testified.

She believed his name to be Jess at first, and when she found out his real name shortly after moving in, she googled him and found out about the Parker County case, Oshiyama said.

He reportedly told her the 13-year-old girl had a Myspace that said she was 18, and she pursued him and showed him identification when he asked the night of the assault.

Oshiyama said Cooper fabricated texts from the victim using Oshiyama’s phone.

“He said he wanted to have it look like she was trying to get money from him,” Oshiyama said.

He also had a fake identification card with the victim’s picture mailed to her and told her it was to give to his lawyers to back up his story, she testified.

Oshiyama said she later emailed Cooper’s attorney saying they had false evidence, but she never heard back from them.

David Cherry, a 60-year-old Fort Worth man, said he met Cooper twice through the “men seeking men” personal ad section of Craigslist.

In 2008, Cooper came to Cherry’s house through an ad posted. Cooper asked him if he knew any young girls that might be interested in coming over, Cherry said.

He said no, and Cooper left, Cherry said.

He later had a conversation by phone with Cooper, who told him the area he lived and said he would come out and meet him if Cherry could take him to see some girls, Cherry said.

After that conversation and some texting, Cherry said he went to the Lake Worth Police Department, told them the story and provided his cell phone for analysis.

In January 2010, Cooper showed up at his house again believing Cherry had two young girls at the house, Cherry said.

Cherry said he told Cooper they had gone down the street to the store and Cooper left to go find them, Cherry said.

Cooper became angry later and texted him.

“He said I could have had anybody I want if I had the girls there,” Cherry said.

Jim Stephens, a retired Lake Worth police officer, testified he investigated a sexual assault of a child involving a 14-year-old girl who reportedly had consensual sex with Cooper in 2004.

Another woman, Kasey Schuch, then 18, said she met him through Myspace and they had a brief sexual relationship that ended when he offered to pay her for oral sex.

He also asked if she had any young friends, Schuch said.

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