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Sexual assault charges filed against candidate for constable

A candidate for the position of Texas constable is currently behind bars after being indicted on sexual misconduct. The sexual assault charges include allegations of inappropriate touching of a minor. He has so far been arrested twice since the beginning of the New Year.

The 51-year-old man's first arrest came on Jan. 10, 2016, when he was taken into custody on charges of sexual assault that supposedly occurred back in 2012. According to police, the individual involved in that charge was under the age of 17 at the time. Further details concerning that particular charge were not made readily available.

His second arrest followed soon after and was made in Feb. 2016. That arrest involved an alleged inappropriate sexual encounter with a minor back in 2014. Details on that arrest are also sparse, although the indictment indicates that he is accused of touching a minor's breasts. Neither the ages nor the gender of either minor involved in these charges have been released.

Investigators have not said why these arrests occurred so long after the alleged encounters took place, but he has since been charged with sexual assault of a child, child indecency by sexual contact and endangering a child by criminal contact. At last update, he was still behind bars in lieu of posting $100,000 bond. Large bonds are not uncommon for sexual assault charges involving minors, but it is important for all those involved to remember that all defendants are still innocent under the law during this process. While emotions can understandably run high when dealing with sensitive topics such as this, no defendant in Texas can be found guilty unless a prosecutor is able to definitively prove that every aspect of their charge is true beyond any type of reasonable doubt.

Source: People, "Texas Constable Candidate Charged with Sexually Assaulting Minors", Chris Harris, Feb. 29, 2016

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