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A couple who allegedly harbored a runaway child, sexually assaulted her and forced her into prostitution over a four-month period are now both in custody.

Estoshia Roddy, 29, was taken into custody on March 15 by the Houston Police Department following an investigation by the Fort Bend County District Attorney’s Office. She has been charged with sexual assault of a child and aggravated assault.

Her co-defendant, Dewayne Demarcus Cook, has been in custody since December 2019. He has been charged with sexual assault of a child, continuous forced prostitution of a child under the age of 18 and unlawful possession of body armor.

According to Cook’s arrest warrant, the victim, who was younger than the age of 16 at the time, ran away from her home and was harbored by Cook. Once in his residence, authorities say, Cook repeatedly sexually assaulted her and sold her for sex.

While public documents do not include Roddy’s specific involvement in the operation, her indictment indicates that she sexually assaulted the child as well. According to Cook’s arrest warrant, Roddy was Cook’s girlfriend.

The investigation began in September 2019 following a tip from a concerned party.

Investigators arrived at Cook’s home in Fort Bend County and asked if they could enter his residence because they were looking for the victim, Cook’s warrant states.

According to the warrant, Cook asked officers to wait outside so he could “do some housekeeping.” He returned a few moments later and allowed officers to enter his home.

The warrant states that officers found the victim hidden in a closet, buried under a large pile of clothes and military-grade body armor.

In Texas it is illegal for convicted felons to own body armor. Cook has prior felony convictions in Harris County for the assault of a family member by impeding breathing in 2017 and possession of a prohibited weapon in 2012.

Cook has remained in the Fort Bend County jail in lieu of bonds totaling $160,000. Roddy’s bond has been set at $35,000 but has not yet been posted.

claire.goodman@chron.com



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