Former student convicted of burglary, sexual assault

Assistant News Editor
Jonathan Porterie

A Hays County jury convicted former Texas State student Jonathan Porterie March 21 on charges of burglary and sexual assault.  

Porterie, 24, was on trial for breaking and entering the bedrooms of four female Texas State students in 2012 and allegedly sexually assaulting one of the women, according to a March 20 University Star article. Porterie was convicted last Friday on three charges of burglary of habitation with the intent to commit a sex offense, according to a March 21 Austin American-Statesman article.

The fourth charge against Porterie was reduced by jurors from burglary with improper photography to a charge of improper photography for taking pictures of a woman sleeping naked, according to the same Statesman article. The defense argued that Porterie was invited to the room by another friend, the Statesman reported.  

Witnesses and victims took the stand on the second day of the trial March 18 to testify against Porterie, according to the University Star article. The first incident took place Aug. 15, 2012 when Porterie broke into a young woman’s duplex on Earle Street. The woman testified Porterie took photos of her sleeping naked, and she was not aware until the police found the pictures.

The second instance occurred Sept. 1, 2012 when he broke into another room at the University Club Apartments, where Porterie was living at the time, according to the Star article. A second woman said she awoke during the night and saw him touching her leg.

The third break-in occurred at the same complex less than a week later, The third woman reported she awoke in the middle of the night and found Porterie watching her from the foot of the bed.

The fourth and final woman testified late Tuesday afternoon and recalled returning to her apartment at the University Club Apartments early Nov. 4, 2012 with her roommate. The victim said she saw Porterie in the parking lot, but knew he was not allowed to be on the premise after being evicted.

The woman said she passed out from drinking that night and woke up to Porterie on top of her.

“I kept telling him he was hurting me,” she said during her testimony. “Jonathan sexually assaulted me.”

Porterie is expected to be sentenced this week.