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Child porn suspect among 19 indicted
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GROVETON – A Trinity man arrested in May on sexual assault and child pornography charges was among the 19 people indicted last week by a Trinity County grand jury meeting in Groveton. Charles Thomas Stewart, 28, was indicted on the first-degree felony offense of aggravated sexual assault of a child and on the third-degree felony charge of possession of child pornography. The two indictments returned against Stewart were among the 22 handed down on Monday, Aug. 16 against 19 suspects. A grand jury indictment is one of the steps in the criminal justice process that is required before a suspect is brought to trial. The grand jury reviews information submitted by District Attorney Joe Ned Dean to determine if there is enough evidence against a suspect to warrant a trial. Stewart was arrested on May 27 after a Detective Otis Almond, a forensic computer investigator with the Lufkin Police Department, identified a possible suspect accessing child pornography over the Internet. The Lufkin officer notified Trinity Police Chief Steven Jones. Together they obtained a search warrant and went to Stewart’s residence. Stewart, an 18-year-year employee of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, was arrested after officers seized computers found at the residence. Jones said the suspect also gave investigators a verbal statement at the residence indicating his involvement with child pornography. Subsequent investigation indicated that an 11-year-old Trinity boy had been sexually assaulted and an additional felony charge was filed against Stewart. Also indicted last week on a second-degree felony charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon was Jason Melton, 40, of Trinity. Melton is accused of beating and stabbing a 16-year-old boy on May 15 at the Rudy’s convenience store off Highway 19 South in Trinity. The incident reportedly began about 1 a.m. outside the store when two suspects – a man and woman -- reportedly encountered the 16-year-old outside the store. The woman is alleged to have grabbed the victim and slammed his head into a car. Bystanders intervened and separated the two, telling the 16-year-old to run into the store for safety. Security videotapes reportedly showed the man and woman pursuing the victim into the store where the assault escalated when the man produced a knife and began stabbing the victim. Melton was arrested at the scene and charged with felony aggravated assault and Patrice Banks, 39, of Trinity was charged with misdemeanor assault. Police identified Banks as Melton’s girlfriend. Investigators said the incident is believed to have stemmed from text messages that had been sent to Melton’s daughter. Other indictments The grand jury also returned indictments against: • Andre Martinez Jackson Jr., 20, on a felony charge of tampering with physical evident. He is accused of attempting to destroy or conceal evidence during a traffic stop on June 15. • Jesse Lee McDougald, 27, on a felony intoxicated manslaughter charge. He is accused of causing the death of William James Odom during a traffic accident that occurred April 17. The indictment alleges that McDougald was intoxicated at the time of the mishap. • Robert G. Luce, 44, on a felony intoxicated manslaughter charge. He is accused of causing the death of Shalee Diane Sanders on May 1. The indictment alleges he was intoxicated at the time of the mishap. • James Earl Brown, 60, on a felony possession of a controlled substance charge. The charge was enhanced to a second-degree felony because Brown was classified as a habitual offender. He is accused of possessing cocaine on March 3. The habitual offender status comes from two previous criminal convictions in Trinity County: one on Dec. 4, 1998 for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and the other on Feb. 3, 2005 for possession of controlled substance. • Kimberly Sharlene Goodrich, 33, on a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. She is accused of possessing methamphetamines on March 30. • William Cody Dezern, 24, on a third-degree felony possession of a controlled substance charge. He is accused of possessing cocaine on May 14. • Coley Hamm, 23, on a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of possessing methamphetamines on March 17. • Raymond Dewayne Shank, 34,m on a state jail felony charge of possession of a controlled substance. He is accused of possessing methamphetamines on Feb. 22. • Douglas Hunter Smith Jr., 28, on a delivery of marijuana charge. The arrest came on Feb. 18. • Joseph Papuga, 19, on a delivery of marijuana charge. The arrest came on Feb. 18. • James Arnes Stubblefield on two first-degree felony charges of delivery of a controlled substance. The first indictment accuses him of delivering more than four grams of cocaine on Nov. 15, 2007 while the other alleges he delivered over four grams of cocaine on April 11, 2008 • Robert Sebestian Houston, 46, of Trinity and his son, Robert Terrell Houston, 24, were each indicted on delivery of a controlled substance charges. Both are accused of delivering cocaine on March 3. • David Lee Lamb Jr., 38, on a burglary of a building charge. He is accused with breaking into a building owned by Sheila Martin on June 25. • Tommy McCoy on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge and on a third-degree felony retaliation charge. The first indictment accuses him of injuring Jerrod Gamble on June 10 using his fists, hands or feet and then exhibiting a shotgun. The second indictment charges that on June 3 he threatened Gamble for having reported a crime to authorities. • Darrell D. Mills, 36, on a third-degree felony assault – strangulation charge. He is accused of attempting to strangle Brittany Shray Pettie on May 17. • Troy Del Toro, 20, on a felony sexual assault charge stemming from an incident that occurred Sept. 27, 2009.