Crime Story No. 7 of 2013: Campos pleads guilty to raping 12-year-old Green Forest girl
GREEN FOREST -- In May 2013, a Texas man pleaded guilty to charges of raping a 12-year-old girl in Carroll County in April 2012.
Peter Castillo Campos, 19, agreed to plea guilty to sexual assault in the second-degree and intimidating a witness; class B and C felonies respectively. The state reduced his class Y felony rape charge to sexual assault as a part of Campos' agreement.
He is committed to serve one year in the Carroll County Jail for the class C felony and after he will be on probation for 10 years with state supervision for the class B felony. He will have to pay a total of $2,311 in fines and fees and has 105 days credited for time awaiting trial.
Campos was accused of attacking the girl one night in her bedroom while he stayed with her family and then intimidating her into silence, according to court documents.
The alleged crime only surfaced some 10 months later, when her parents announced plans to visit Campos and his family, who had moved to Texas.
According to court documents, it soon became apparent to the victim's family that she did not want to go. She revealed the alleged rape after her family questioned her. Authorities were subsequently notified, and interviews and medical examinations were conducted.
Campos was arrested and booked into the Carroll County Detention Center on March 27, 2012 and released on July 9, 2012, after posting his $50,000 bond. His first judicial appearance was April 17, 2012.
Campos' trial had originally been set for fall of 2012, but was delayed after his attorney, Chris Flanagin, asked that the case be transferred to juvenile court -- because Campos was a minor at the time of the alleged crime. Flanagin later withdrew that motion.
Campos was arrested a second time on March 12, 2013, after missing a pre-trial court hearing. He was released and appeared in court the following day.
Carroll County News reporter Landon Reeves contributed to this report.