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Posted: Thursday, January 16, 2003 12:00 am

BELTON -- A Belton man could be facing 15 years to life in prison, after a Bell County grand jury indicted him Wednesday on an aggravated sexual assault charge.

Seth Thomas Page, 23, was indicted on the charge relating to the June 14, 2002, sexual assault of a 12-year-old girl in Belton.

First Assistant Bell County District Attorney Murff Bledsoe said the first-degree felony crime is normally punishable by five years to life in prison.

But because of Page's past criminal record, his minimum sentence would be 15 years in prison if he's convicted of the aggravated sexual assault charge, Bledsoe said.

Regarding that record, a Temple Police Department arrest affidavit states Page used a knife to threaten a former girlfriend on March 16, 2000.

According to court records, Page -- who as then also known as "Gizmo" -- pleaded "no contest" to an aggravated assault charge on Feb. 9, 2001.

He was sentenced to two years in prison and received credit for 330 days already served in the Bell County jail.

Grand jurors also issued the following felony indictments Wednesday.

-- Vantine Pendleton (also known as Mark Pendleton), 30, of Ohio was indicted on a sexual assault charge relating to an Aug. 18, 2002, incident in Killeen.

Bledsoe said a man had sexual intercourse with a mentally disabled 15-year-old girl.

The charge is normally a second-degree felony, punishable by two to 20 years in prison, but is enhanced to a first-degree felony because of Pendleton's past criminal record.

Court records state Pendleton has 11 prior felony convictions in Ohio, where he is being held in prison for parole violations. Pendleton's past felony convictions are for drug charges, plus crimes such as breaking and entering, attempted robbery, receiving stolen property and escape.

-- Jarrett Anthony Gomez, 23, address and whereabouts unknown, was indicted on a sexual assault charge relating to a Sept. 29, 2002, incident in Killeen.

Bledsoe said the charge against Gomez is a first-degree felony, because Gomez is a habitual criminal. Court records state Gomez has four prior felony convictions, from Ohio and North Carolina, all for theft-related offenses.

-- Michael Shane Willis, 25, of Temple and Christopher Corey Copeland, 21, of Temple were each indicted on an aggravated robbery charge relating to a Dec. 1, 2002, incident. Bledsoe said two men -- one of them armed with a .38-caliber revolver -- robbed the CEFCO convenience store, 4220 W. Adams Ave., Temple, at 5 a.m.

-- Philip Dickerson IV, 17, of Belton was indicted on a charge of reporting a false alarm relating to a Dec. 4, 2002, incident.

Bledsoe said a Belton High School student telephoned in a bomb threat to the school.

The crime is a third-degree felony, punishable by two to 10 years in prison.

-- April Renee Beck, 29, of Temple was indicted on a forgery charge relating to an Aug. 23, 2002, incident.

-- John Russell Raborn, 36, of Salado was indicted on a methamphetamine possession charge relating to a March 23, 2002, incident.

-- Sean Patrick Smith, 29, of Austin was indicted on a forgery charge relating to a Sept. 27, 2002, incident.

-- Michael Dion Torrez, 17, of Temple was indicted on an unauthorized use of a motor vehicle charge relating to a Nov. 11, 2002, incident.

-- Joyce Marie Hickey, 49, of Temple was indicted on a forgery charge relating to an Oct. 4, 2002, incident.

-- Abel Hernandez Jr., 44, of Temple was indicted on a forgery charge relating to a Dec. 15, 2002, incident.

-- Christopher Adam Gipson, 21, of Killeen was indicted on an evading arrest in a vehicle charge relating to a Dec. 17, 2002, incident.

-- Albert Jerome Anderson II, 24, of Killeen was indicted on a forgery charge relating to a Nov. 18, 2002, incident.

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