Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Dwayne Dale Billings - Repeat Sex Offender - First as a Juvenile, Now as an Adult

Conviction Date: 8/13/1998
Age at conviction: 13
Victim's Age: 4

A convicted sex offender accused of kidnapping and sexually assaulting an autistic girl in Odessa is competent to face a jury.

An Ector County Judge made that ruling on Monday for 24-year-old Dwayne Dale Billings.

The kidnapping happened back in 2007.

Last year, Billings was found incompetent and was sent to a state hospital to undergo treatment.

Billings' attorney wants a change of venue, because of all the media coverage surrounding the case, and hopes to begin the trial this winter.

It all began back in January 2007 when authorities and volunteers launched a massive 11-½ hour search for the girl, who was later found to be in a West Odessa home with billings.

They found the girl after a tip from Billing's grandfather, who saw coverage of the search on the news and called authorities.

"25% of all sex offenders re-offend within 15 years"
.........Sarah Tofte

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