Sex offender, drug dealer get maximum sentences
Polk County Enterprise - November 2007
BY VALERIE REDDELL
LIVINGSTON — Convicted sex offender Arturo Rivera, 43, of Livingston received 20-year and 15-year sentences on two counts of sexual assault of a child in connection with incidents that took place over a period of two or three years. The two sentences were stacked by District Judge Elizabeth Coker, so Rivera will have to serve all 35 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
The parents of two of the victims filed charges in January 2006 after an older son told his parents to keep Rivera away from his younger brother.
Trial testimony revealed that Rivera lured young boys to his home under the guise of providing Bible study.
Several young boys that participated in the Bible study sessions testified that Rivera had made sexual advances which they rebuffed.
They also reported being shown pornographic magazines, videos and websites. Prosecutors presented records from a local video store that listed Rivera as renting a large number of adult-only movies that featured transvestites and “barely legal” young men.
Investigators also recovered a notebook of boys’ names —possible targets — and several photos of boys in provacative poses and various stages of undress.
“I have no doubt that this man is a serial pedophile and we have removed a serious threat from our community and it’s because of the excellent work of people like Matt Parish and the folks in the DA’s office,” Martin said.
Rivera’s first trial on the sexual assault of a child charges ended with a hung jury in February.
Michael Alan Webster, 29, of Livingston received the maximum sentence for delivery of a controlled substance Tuesday in Judge Elizabeth Coker’s 258th District court.
Webster was sentenced to 20 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
During the sentencing hearing, several former “significant others” of the defendant testified that Webster forced them into prostitution so he could buy drugs, said Assistant District Attorney Joseph E. Martin III.
Several of the women testified that they were sexually assaulted by Webster, at least one said he injured her badly with a large bottle.
Martin said two additional women were subpeonaed to testify about Webster’s prior bad acts, but they could not be located.
Further describing Webster’s criminal history, Martin said the man became violent and tried to kick out the windows of the patrol car when he was arrested in February.