Former student sentenced to 20 years for burglary, sexual assault

Assistant News Editor

A Hays County jury sentenced Jonathan Porterie, a 24-year-old former Texas State student, to 20 years in prison Tuesday.

Porterie was found guilty on three counts of burglary with attempted sexual assault and one charge of improper photography, the Austin American-Statesman reports. The former student was on trial for breaking and entering into the bedrooms of four female Texas State students in 2012 and sexually assaulting one of the women, according to a March 20 University Star article.

Porterie will be eligible for parole in 10 years, according to the Statesman. Jurors said he could also pay up to $35,000 in fines, according to the same Statesman article.

On the second day of the trial March 18, witnesses and victims testified again Porterie, according to the University Star article. The first incident occurred when Porterie broke into a woman’s duplex on Earle Street Aug. 15, 2012. The woman involved testified he took photos of her sleeping nude, and she was not made aware of it until police found the pictures.

Porterie broke into a second apartment Sept. 1, 2012 at the University Club Apartments where he was living at the time, according to the Star article. The second woman said she awoke during the night and found Porterie touching her leg.

The third break-in took place at the same complex less than a week later with a third woman reporting she awoke in the middle of the night to find Porterie watching her from the foot of the bed, according to the Star.

The fourth and final woman testified late in the afternoon March 18 and said she returned to her apartment at the University Club Apartments early Nov. 4, 2012 with her roommate. The woman said she saw Porterie in the parking lot, but knew he was not allowed to be on the premises after he was evicted for the complex.

The victim said she passed out from drinking that night and awoke to find Porterie on top of her.

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

Hays County prosecutor Brian Erskine said the prosecution is “happy and relieved” about the verdict of the trial, according to the Statesman.