by Maryjo Nuñez
A Yolo County man is currently being charged for two different incidents—one of domestic violence against his spouse and the other for possession of obscene material. On July 17, 2017, Terrance Tremayne Ivory allegedly grabbed and hit his wife, SI, causing her bodily injury. Moreover, on a separate occasion, it had been discovered that Mr. Ivory was in possession of several crude images and videos—mostly of minors—on his cell phone.
On September 17 and 18, 2018, Mr. Ivory underwent preliminary hearings in Department 14, Judge Dave Rosenberg presiding. Ivory is charged in violation of Penal Code section 273.5 which outlines the offense as purposefully imposing violence or force upon one’s spouse, resulting in corporal injury. Among the witnesses who testified were Mr. Ivory’s partner, “SI,” and the West Sacramento police officer who arrived and recorded the injuries SI sustained.
Furthermore, Mr. Ivory is also charged in violation of Penal Code section 311.11(a) which describes the offense as possession of material, whether digital or print, of children under 18 that portrays them involved with inappropriate behavior, often sexual acts. Among the witnesses for this charge were West Sacramento police officers.
According to SI, as of July 17, 2017, the two had been married for eleven years and have four children: three boys who are the biological children of Mr. Ivory and SI, and one child who is SI’s biological daughter from a previous relation but is Mr. Ivory’s adopted step-daughter. SI depicted her relationship with her husband as strenuous and demanding at times, exemplified by the July 17 incident.
On the date in question, the couple verbally fought but things soon turned violent. “We were exchanging words, and then he grabbed my neck,” SI exclaimed. She continued to describe how, after he grabbed her neck, he slammed her onto the floor, upsetting her back. To calm himself, Mr. Ivory went outside through the back door. From there, SI got up and locked the door; however, she realized the window to the bedroom in which they had both fought remained opened.
Moreover, as SI ran to lock the window, Mr. Ivory also recognized this as an opportunity to reenter the house and he also ran to the window to prevent SI from closing it. Subsequently, as the two tugged back and forth trying to shut or keep open the window, a rod adjoining the window and wall fell on SI, cutting her top lip and chipping her front tooth.
Following this altercation, SI departed for Kaiser Permanente to seek medical attention, where Officer Chantelle Nehmans of the West Sacramento Police Dept. came to document the incident and SI’s wounds. However, the officer did not witness any injury to SI’s neck nor recall any complaints about such an injury. According to Officer Nehmans, the noise level of the couple’s fight had prompted the children to run into the kitchen where their daughter saw SI on the floor.
Sometime after the July 17 quarrel, SI had been moving items around their home when she uncovered a cell phone with lewd images and videos on it, including some videos of her teenage daughter along with her friends. SI decided to act and called the police.
Upset, SI threw Mr. Ivory’s keys in her car and locked the doors to prevent him from leaving. However, Mr. Ivory broke the windows of SI’s car and retrieved his keys.
According to Officer Samuel Gee, a neighbor had shared the contents of this particular phone, where they then discovered that Mr. Ivory had over 100 videos of Mr. Ivory engaging with minors online on the chat website, “Omegle,” where he then exposed himself and masturbated in front of these girls. Other videos included his step-daughter while in the shower.
According to an Officer Wood, SI had shown him where she believed Mr. Ivory had stood to videotape her daughter. Officer Wood testified that there is indeed a window by the bathroom, and there was even a step-stool near the window which he assumed Mr. Ivory used to gain a better vantage point.
Ultimately, the court concluded that there exists sufficient evidence to hold Mr. Ivory accountable and for the matter to go to trial.