Delray Beach Teen Sex Crime Defendant Appears In Court
20-year-old Francisco Henry appeared in front of a Palm Beach County judge yesterday, March 4th. He is accused of committing a vicious sex crime in Delray Beach, Florida, two weeks ago. Andrew Stine, the prominent West Palm Beach criminal defense attorney, is representing Mr. Henry and claims his client is innocent.
The crime occurred on Thursday. February 18th. According to police, Francisco Henry and Spencer Britt, 17, robbed four teenagers who were playing cards in an abandoned house at gunpoint. Then, either Henry or Britt fired a handgun into a wall and forced the teenagers to engage in sexual acts with each other.
Fingerprints that were found at the crime scene led investigators to Britt. Britt, who has a criminal history including car theft and battery, was arrested and is being held at the Palm Beach County Juvenile Assessment Center. Henry was picked up later and taken to the Palm Beach County Jail. They are both charged with armed robbery, kidnapping, sexual battery, promoting the sexual activity of a victim under 16, aggravated assault and armed burglary.
Prosecutors filed a motion to take a DNA sample from Francisco Henry but this will take time. The state must file documents officially charging Henry with the crime and once that is done, they will be able to obtain a DNA sample.
Defense attorney Andrew Stine says his client is innocent for several reasons.
“One, there is no evidence meaning no physical evidence that links my client to the crime. Two, the eyewitness testimony that allegedly links my client to the crime, three of them can’t identify him,” said Andrew Stine.
The state is now expected to file the proper documents to bring charges against Henry and then work to obtain a DNA sample.
Francisco Henry was returned to the Palm Beach County Jail and will most likely be back in court next week.