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Sex offender pleads not guilty to alleged burglary, sexual assault of disabled Texarkana woman

by Lynn LaRowe | December 28, 2021 at 10:00 p.m.

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A convicted sex offender pleaded not guilty recently to crimes connected to the alleged home invasion and sexual assault of a disabled Texarkana woman.

Everick Lovosier Monk, 58, appeared Dec. 17 for arraignment before 202nd District Judge John Tidwell with a member of the Bowie County Public Defender's Office. Monk pleaded not guilty to charges of burglary of a habitation with intent to commit another felony with a prior sexual offense conviction, aggravated sexual assault with a prior sexual offense conviction and evading arrest in a vehicle with two prior felony convictions.

Monk allegedly broke into the woman's home by removing a window air conditioning unit in the early hours of Oct. 26, according to a probable cause affidavit. The woman, a stroke victim, reported she was in bed sleeping when she woke to find Monk in her bedroom. The woman reported that the man she knew as "Eric" had been knocking on the doors and walls of her residence for about a week but she would not let him inside.

Monk allegedly used a knife the woman had in her home to threaten her during the attack and allegedly struck her in the head hard enough for her to lose consciousness.

While responding to the Texarkana woman's call for help, emergency dispatchers received a 911 call from a concerned citizen who reported a possible drunk driver near the alleged victim's residence. The license number provided by the citizen showed the car was registered to Monk and that he is a registered sex offender with a history of committing a sexual offense with mode similar to that in the case reported that night.

Officers quickly made a connection between the attack on the disabled woman and the call about a drunk driver. Monk allegedly failed to immediately stop when officers attempted to pull him over.

Monk was convicted in 1994 of rape, robbery and burglary in Arkansas the same year and sentenced to 40 years. The victim in that case was an elderly woman who, like the alleged victim in Texarkana, was physically vulnerable.

Monk also has a conviction in California for lewd and lascivious acts with a child under 14 years by force.

Arkansas Department of Correction parole records show Monk was approved for release most recently in April 2020.

Monk was first paroled in Arkansas in 2008 and has been arrested in 2010, 2014 and 2021 for failing to comply with sex offender registration requirements.

At the time of his arrest in Texarkana in October, Monk was free on a $25,000 bond for failing to register as a sex offender in Columbia County, Arkansas. Monk was released on the bond in Arkansas on Oct. 12, two weeks before he allegedly broke into the Texarkana's woman's home.

Monk faces five to 99 years or life in prison if convicted of either the burglary or sexual assault charges. The minimum punishment ranges could be enhanced because of his prior convictions.

Monk is currently being held in the Bowie County jail. Tidwell set bonds totaling $3 million in the case. Records show Arkansas parole and Columbia County, Arkansas, have placed holds on Monk as well.

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