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Cherokee County Texas DA running unchallenged for 3rd term, while child molesters get probation


by: Cherokee

Tue Feb 12, 2008 at 00:41 AM CST


     In a November 2007 candidacy announcement in the Tyler Morning Telegraph http://www.tylerpaper.com/arti...

Cherokee County District Attorney Elmer Beckworth tells his less erudite constituents that he has been hard “at work with other prosecutors to pass tougher child molestation laws.” Despite the fact his office in 2006 gave probation to a registered sex offender who molested a 1 year-old baby girl in Rusk, Texas. And during his tenure, gave no jail time to over 3 dozen other registered pedophiles born and raised in Cherokee County, population less than 47,000.

    Running unchallenged, candidate Elmer Beckworth also highlights the 2003 Faye Bell Harris murder which he rode to Austin as a brand new law, sadly coined "the Faye Harris Amendment" or Prop. 4. 2005's Proposition 4 was purported to be the basis of denying bail to "people that violate the terms of their bail." As if bail was never revocable under Texas law in cases of escalating domestic violence. Not until the Texas Constitution was amended for the umpteenth time for the same domestic violence issue, according to Beckworth and co-author/former state senator Todd Staples (R-Palestine). Retroactively undoing the deliberate negligence of the preventable homicide of Faye Harris.

    All for when other violent drug addicts on felony bond continues to harass, trespass and threaten their ex-wives. Instead of getting a continuous flow of court hearings to have his or her bond extended indefinitely, as the Cherokee County Texas district court did for Michael Harris. Those involuntarily committed to drug rehab might actually have their bail revoked if they screw up while out on bond, like the tens of thousands of revocations in legal precedent, Beckworth, et al pretends never existed.

    Lets look closer at the current Cherokee County district attorney's record when it comes to the prosecution of sexual assault on minors within his jurisdiction. We start by looking at those offenders arrested and plea-bargained in the Cherokee County district court records. The fact is Elmer Beckworth and his assistant district attorneys have given slap-on-the-wrists probation time to heinous pedophiles whose victims are as young as 1 year-old infants, and even less for those preying on 5 year-old little girls.

    No state jail time; no fines for these registered deviants. No Community Service; no restitution for the injured parties. Just a good ol' boy wink and nod from the county seat in Rusk, Texas and unsupervised probation for almost all local child molesters. They just register with the State, get their pictures taken at the Sheriff's Department and mosey up to the courthouse every 3 months or so for a Urine Analysis and coffee.

    The DPS Sex Offender Registry shows those child molesters in Cherokee County, Texas arrested, prosecuted and who are still living within the county. Other counties obviously prosecute child predators to the fullest extent of the law. Comparisons on the local DPS offender list shows those defendants who have relocated, paroled after years (and decades) of incarceration. Their supervised portions of their out-of-state and/or out-of-county sentences continue with periodic registration and verification with the Cherokee County Sheriff Department. For the local pedophiles born and raised in Cherokee County however, an indecency with a minor charge results only in monthly visits to the Adult Probation Department.

    In District Attorney Elmer Beckworth's hometown of Rusk, TX , there are 18 registered sex offenders; their female victims ranging from 1 to 14 years-old. Again, nearly all those arrested and prosecuted in Cherokee County, Texas were given minimal supervised probationary sentences by deferment.

Namely: JAMES CHRISTOPHER SCHLATER arrested on October 2002 for indecency and sexual contact with a 6 year-old. Beckworth's office gave Schlater 10 years probation for his offense. The Cherokee County Texas newspapers also failed to report the sordid incident.

More recently and more disgusting, KENNETH DEXTER FOLMAR arrested on November 16, 2006 in Rusk, Texas for Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child; given 8 years probation by the Cherokee County Texas prosecutor. The victim was a 1 year-old baby girl. Again not reported by local news outlets; only to be found in District Court Records and the Sex Offender Regristry.

    In Jacksonville, TX there are 53 registered sexual offenders, with female victims ranging from 5 to 15-years-old. Elmer Beckworth's office has given plea bargains of probation to over 30 HIGH RISK resident offenders. In Alto, TX , J.R. Edwards given 10 years probation; female victim age 11. G.M. Morrison given 10 years probation; female victim age 12. The other registrants within the county show the same pattern of leniency.
And obviously before the probation is levied, the state charges of felony molestation have to be reduced to misdemeanors, to put the onus on the County Attorney.

    So when Cherokee County Texas tells the outside world it is hard at work trying to be tough on child molesters, it really just depends on whom the local perpetrator is related to in the Rusk, Texas courthouse. Cherokee County's incumbents depend on the non-astute voter to accept at face value the words of career politicians who lie as effortlessly as breathing. They aren't in the business of telling the truth about their documented records. And they obviously get a kick out of doing the exact of opposite of what they tell the local media.

    The fact is Cherokee County deliberately reset and reset the bail of Michael Harris, leading up to his eventual murder of his estranged ex-wife, Jacksonville, TX resident Faye Bell Harris. Even though Faye Harris had filed a restraining order and Michael Harris was under supervision at the Rusk State Hospital. Why didn't Beckworth file a motion to have Michael Harris' bond rescinded in 2003?

    On Elmer Beckworth's second re-election claim, as assistant and district attorney in the last 20 years, Beckworth has seen the majority of Cherokee County's convicted child molesters pled negligible adult supervision. Both of these caveats are apparently his political platform as incumbent Cherokee County district attorney. Of course no one in the rural East Texas media would spend 5 minutes doing any actual fact checking. Especially questioning the senseless refusal to revoke the bail of a violent drug addict before a local woman was murdered. Or reporting the rape of an infant by a Rusk, Texas child molester that Cherokee County's Elmer Beckworth pled to 8 years probation.

View the Texas Department of Public Safety’s crime records service to view the public sex offender regristy at: https://records.txdps.state.tx...

The following list of registered Cherokee County Texas (pop. 47,000 residents) sex offenders given probation by Cherokee County district attorney Elmer Beckworth, whose names were released in 2006 by the Jacksonville Daily Progress:

• Frank Birden Guinn, age 82, Alto TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 12-year-old female;
• Michael Morrison, 48, Alto TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old female;
• Gary Mark Hayles, 43, Bullard TX, indecency with a child by contact of an 8-year-old female;
• Wesley Boyd Mohr, 60, Bullard TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 10-year-old female;
• William Barry Travis, 54, Bullard TX, aggravated sexual assault of a child of an 8-year-old female;
• Matthew Isaiah White, 17, Bullard TX, indecency by exposure involving a 15-year-old female;
• Christopher Steven Goleman, 33, Gallatin TX, aggravated sexual assault of a disabled 39 year-old female;
• Tommy Junior Allen, 54, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 11-year-old female;
• William Tracy Arnold, 42, Jacksonville TX, burglary and felony involving a 34-year-old female;
• James Travis Baker, 22, Jacksonville TX, indecency of a child by contact of a 6-year-old female;
• James Isaac Barnett, 18, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a child of a 14-year-old-female;
• Brian D. Black, 19, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 10-year-old female;
• Vernon Willis Blackshire, 29, Jacksonville TX, sexual assault of a 14-year-old female;
• Anthony Eugene Boone, 38, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 6-year-old male;
• Cole Joseph Brooks, 22, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old female;
• Christopher Lee Calley, 25, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 3-year-old female;
• Gark Michael Clark, Jacksonville TX, 52, sexual assault of a child of a 16-year-old girl;
• Arturo Allen Cochran, 26, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 12-year-old female;
• Carlos Jerome Conner, 37, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old female;
• Steven Daille, 58, Jacksonville TX, sexual assault of a 15-year-old female;
• James William Dennis, 64, Jacksonville TX, agg. kidnapping/sex assault of a 38-year-old female;
• Jose Ramon Galan, 53, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 9-year-old female;
• Jonathan Keith Glenn, 23, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old female;
• James Henry Golden, 52, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 36-year-old female;
• Nathan Wayne Grimes, 61, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a 9-year-old female;
• Ollie Ray Grogan, 62, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a 5-year-old male and 7-year-old female;
• Nickolas Noel Harwell, 31, Jacksonville TX, two counts of aggravated sex assault of a 12-year-old female;
• Kevin Lyn Hawes, 42, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old;
• Christopher Michael Hennessy, Jacksonville TX, 25, sexual assault of a 15-year-old female; absconded.
• William Lee Hershiser, 48, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 15-year-old female;
• Roger Hunter, 72, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 14-year-old female;
• Aaron Lee Joslin, 25, Jacksonville TX, two counts of sexual performance of a 7-year-old male;
• Robert Michael Lane, 33, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 10-year-old female;
• Jackie Neal Locke, 46, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 13-year-old female;
• Ben Mallard, 47, Jacksonville TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 11-year-old female;
• James Donald McClain, 56, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 20-year-old female, and 11-year-old female;
• Leroy Edward McCuen, 56, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 9-year-old female;
• Kenneth Ray Messick, 59, Jacksonville TX, sexual assault of a 14-year-old female and 16-year-old female;
• Stacy Bernard Mills, 39, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 11-year-old female;
• Tracey Dewayne Moseley, 33, Jacksonville TX, indecency by exposure, of a 15-year-old female;
• Jamie Lee Newburn, 28, Jacksonville TX, two counts of attempted sexual performance of a 14-year-old female;
• Sammy Carroll Newman, 54, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 12-year-old female;
• Patrick Brian Norsworthy, 43, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of an 8-year-old female;
• Derrick Wendell Owens, 34, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 9-year-old female;
• Kevin Wayne Patton, 36, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 14-year-old female;
• Glenn Durrell Pierce, 49 years of age, Jacksonville TX, sexual assault of a 15-year-old male;
• Bruce Townsend Powell, 48, Jacksonville TX, attempted sexual assault of a 30-year-old male;
• Jimmy Reed, 47, Jacksonville TX, attempted sexual assault of a 25-year-old female and unknown female;
• Mandell Rhodes Jr., 43, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 52-year-old female;
• Thompson Ward Stricklen, 43, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 11-year-old female;
• Paul Arlen Taylor, 51, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 13-year-old female;
• Terry Lawrence Taylor, 48, Jacksonville TX, indecency by contact of a 12-year-old female;
• James L. Wells, 52, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 5-year-old female and 6-year-old female;
• Johnny Decole Wells, 25, Jacksonville TX, sexual assault of a 15-year-old female;
• Larry Wayne White, 45, Jacksonville TX, aggravated sexual assault of an 8-year-old female;
• Timothy Kevin Zweck, 32, Jacksonville TX, sexual assault of a 15-year-old female;
• Robby Lee Buffalo, 32, Rusk TX, prohibited sexual assault (incest) of a 11-year-old female;
• Richard Dean Davis, 47, Rusk TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 14-year-old female;
• Nile James Dean, 39, Rusk TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 8-year-old female;
• James William Hammons, 45, Rusk TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old female;
• Jason Aaron Husband, 29, Rusk TX, sexual assault of a child of a 15-year-old female;
• Elbert James Patton, 90, Rusk TX, indecency with a child by contact of an 8-year-old female and 9-year-old female; deceased.
• Delian Brenanard Session, 43, Rusk TX, sexual assault of a 34-year-old female and 11-year-old-female;
• Troy Gibbs Sutherland, 31 years of age, Rusk TX, attempted sexual assault of a 15-year-old female;
• Aubrey Thomas Taylor, 48 years of age, Rusk TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 10-year-old female;
• Dale Joseph Tylich, 51, Rusk TX, indecency with a child by contact of a female less than 16 years of age;
• Charles Clifton Bruner, 45, Troup TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 6-year-old female;
• Michael Servetus Childs, 31 years of age, Troup TX, sexual assault of a 14-year-old female;
• Tommy Robert Husband, 46 years of age, Troup TX, indecency with a child by contact of a 16-year-old female;
• Michael Sean Lee, 33 years of age, Troup TX, indecency with a child of a 13-year-old female;
• Timmey Martin, 41 years of age, Troup TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 14-year-old female;
• Michael Ryan McMichael, 34 years of age, Troup TX, indecency with a child of a 12-year-old female;
• Martin Otis Pitts, 51 years of age, Troup TX, two counts of aggravated sexual assault of a 7-year-old female;
• Bryan Thomas Toombs, 31 years of age, Troup TX, aggravated sexual assault of a 13-year-old female.
• Alisha Arriola Corley, 36 years of age, Wells TX, sexual assault of a 15-year-old male.

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