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Fmr. ETX educator faces 40 years for probation revocation

MT. VERNON, TX (KLTV) - Not even three weeks after serving jail time for two child sex crimes, a former Winnsboro band director is back in jail.

Paul Bramlett, the former band director for Winnsboro ISD was convicted earlier this year of sexual assault and indecency with a child.

Bramlett was back in a Mount Vernon court on Friday after it was found that he lived less than 1,000 feet from a kids park near Fort Worth.

"The hearing was supposed to be a formality. It was supposed to be a simple hearing on deferred adjudication on whether Bramlett's probation would be revoked, but it turned into a full-fledged fight with both sides firing shots," says Martin Braddy, the prosecuting attorney.

Almost at the outset, Judge Robert Newsome heard Bramlett's defense argue that he had not intentionally broken terms of his probation. Prosecution argued that he was told by law enforcement that his residence, his parents house in Halton City, was with 1,000 feet of a park where kids played.

Witnesses were called and testified that Bramlett had, in fact, checked in with law enforcement as a convicted sex offender and were questioned on whether the 1,000 feet was accurate.

Then things got fiery, as both sides angrily disputed testimony.

Defense is looking to prove Bramlett had stayed within his probation terms.

"The key elements of the arguments today was knowledge. Did Mr. Bramlett know his residence was within 1,000 feet of a park where children played?" says Chad Cable, Bramlett's attorney.

The hearing went on until late Friday afternoon. Bramlett could face as much as 40 years in prison if his probation is revoked.

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