Man charged with more than 1,200 counts of sexual assault, incest with a minor after admitting to pastor what he had done

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PENSACOLA, FL – A 31-year-old Pensacola man was arrested last week on charges of more than 1,200 counts of sexual assault and incest with a minor for a relationship he had with a girl that she says started when she was 7.

Authorities were notified after Robert Cota told a pastor that he probably needed to turn himself in, telling the pastor that he had an issue with the churches teaching regarding incest. 

He has been charged with 600 counts of sexual assault on a victim between the ages of 12 and 18, 600 counts of incest, sexual battery of a victim 12 or younger, child abuse, aggravated assault, and possession of a controlled substance without a prescription. He is currently being held in the Escambia County Jail, with his bond being set at $3M. 

The sexual assault and incest charges are first degree and third degree felonies, respectively.

The pastor said that Cota attended a new member’s event and began asking questions about the churches beliefs on gender, intercourse, marriage and several other issues. The questions raised red flags for the pastor. 

When he told the pastor that what he was doing, he was encouraged to turn himself in. 

The pastor notified the police of the conversation. He provided Cota’s address and photo that the church took as part of the new member process. 

Police arrested him that day. 

According to he arrest report, the young girl told investigators that she had been having sexual encounters with Cota since she was 7, starting in 2015. He told her that these acts were a way to show affection. While the records have redacted the victim’s age, the timeline of allegations puts her between 13 and 14 now. 

Court records revealed that the victim filed a Marsy’s Law request for exemption of personal information from public disclosure. The Florida Constitution, Article 1, 16(b)(5), says:

“Every victim is entitled to the following right, beginning at the time of his or her victimization: ‘The right to prevent disclosure of information or records that could be used to locate or harass me or my family, or which could disclose my confidential or privileged information.'”

According to the New York Post

“In September 2020, the victim’s mother confronted Cota about having a sexual relationship with the girl, according to the arrest report. In response, Cota pointed a gun at the girl and was arrested for aggravated assault and domestic violence while authorities began investigating the sexual assault and incest allegations.

Both Cota and the victim reportedly told the mother of the sexual relationship before taking back their statements after the incident, police said.”

At the time of his arrest, Cota reportedly told sheriff’s deputies that he was not surprised by the accusations. 

Man charged with more than 1,200 counts of sexual assault, incest with a minor after admitting to pastor what he had done
Escambia County public records search screenshot

His bond was set at $3,000 each count for the sexual assault and $2,000 each count of incest, totaling $3M. Should he post bail prior to his scheduled court date of December 16th, he will be required to wear an active GPS monitor and he is not permitted to have any contact with the victim, who would also have 48 hours to pick up the GPS pager should he be released.  

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Afghan “refugees” charged separately with domestic assault, sexual assault on little boys at Fort McCoy

 
FORT MCCOY, WI- As an unknown number of Americans, as well as Afghans who risked their lives helping the American military remain stranded by the Biden administration in Afghanistan, some of those who were evacuated to our country ahead of those Americans and Afghan allies have repaid that hospitality by engaging in criminal conduct.

According to the Wisconsin State Journal, one of those evacuees was charged Wednesday with engaging in sexual acts with a child, this in connection with the abuse of two boys, ages 12 and 14.

The assaults were alleged to have occurred in a bathroom and housing area at the Fort McCoy military base, located in western Wisconsin according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

Authorities say that Bahrullah Noori, 20, appeared in federal court in Madison last week in connection with the child sexual assault charges. Surprisingly in the current coddle the criminal’s environment, Noori…who has not yet entered a plea…will remain in custody in the Dane County Jail.

 

Noori is another in a number of Afghan men recently charged with crimes since being evacuated into the United States as Afghanistan fell last month due to the Biden administration’s inept withdrawal from the country’s 20-year presence in that country.

He is the second Afghan man charged with committing crimes at Fort McCoy, where more than 12,000 evacuees were being housed on a temporary basis.

The other man charged in connection with crimes at the base, Mohammad Haroon Imaad, 32, was charged with assault after he allegedly choked and attempted to suffocate his wife. Defense attorney Joe Bugni entered a not guilty plea on Imaad’s behalf in federal court Thursday.

A jury trial in his case is set for Nov. 1. No court date for Noori has yet been scheduled.

According to Stars & Stripes, Imaad’s wife told FBI investigators that Imaad had also raped her, however he has not yet been charged with sexual assault, according to the arrest affidavit.

U.S. Magistrate Judge Stephen Crocker stated the Department of Homeland Security had ordered both men held while their cases are pending, however the department could (and probably will if history serves as a guide) change its position if the two suspects have a bail hearing.

According to the arrest affidavit for Noori, another Afghan man told investigators on Sept. 11 that Noori was molesting both his 12-year-old son, and his 14-year-old nephew. The abuse had taken place over the previous two weeks.

On Sept 11, the man walked into the bathroom in the early morning hours, he told the FBI, and saw Noori taking clothes off his nephew and was attempting to have sex with him. Later that same day, the man entered the bathroom to find Noori kissing his son. According to the FBI, the complainant and Noori had not had any type of feud or dispute prior to the complaint and called him a credible witness.

Both victims told investigators that Noori had inappropriately touched them, kissed them and bit them, while threatening he would beat them if they told anyone about the sexual abuse.

Noori is charged with three counts of engaging in sexual acts with a minor, including the use of force in one such incident. He is also charged with a fourth count of attempting to engage in such acts with a minor while using force.

In Imaad’s case, she told soldiers who responded to the domestic disturbance on Sept. 7 that he had hit her and choked her; they observed bruising on her right eye and redness about her throat. She also told them Imaad had struck their children on multiple occasions.

The woman told investigators this wasn’t the first time she was assaulted by Imaad. She said he had “beat many times in Afghanistan to the point I lost vision in both eyes.” She also told a soldier Imaad threatened to kill her or send her back to Afghanistan “where the Taliban could deal with her.”

Two days later on Sept. 9, the woman fainted and received medical treatment. Investigators learned that Imaad had hit, choked, verbally abused and raped her since she arrived at the military installation. Soldiers found Imaad and took him into custody.

Noori faces up to life in federal prison for the charges which allege force, and up to 15 years for the other two charges. Imaad meanwhile faces up to 10 years in federal prison.

Meanwhile, we still have Americans stranded behind enemy lines in Afghanistan while we admit criminals like this. Let that sink in.


 

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