Former ETX man previously cleared of child indecency arrested again

Former ETX man previously cleared of child indecency arrested again

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A Wichita Falls man who was arrested in January after a neighbor said she caught him watching her daughter shower was arrested again on Saturday on a charge that he sexually assaulted a young girl.

Paul Brian Motes, 43, is charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child.

According to police, the latest arrest stems from an investigation into an allegation that Motes sexually assaulted a girl who is now 9. The incident occurred in late 2009 or 2010.

Motes resided in the Nacogdoches County Jail from January until June on an indecency with a child charge, after a woman said she caught Motes watching her daughter shower.

Motes had been invited to the house to play video games.

In June, the Nacogdoches District Attorney's Office dropped the indecency charge and instead charged Motes with burglary, which Motes pleaded guilty to.

"Upon further investigation it was determined the case didn't meet the elements of indecency with a child," prosecuting attorney Ryan Chambers said.

Chambers said Motes did not steal anything from the house, but the investigation revealed he entered a portion of the house without permission with the intent to commit a crime.

"We could not charge him with burglary of a habitation because he entered the house with permission," Chambers said. "But burglary of a building allows us to charge him because he entered a portion of the house without permission, with the intent to commit a crime."

In an email statement, Motes said he signed the plea agreement, despite considering himself innocent.

"My lawyer informed me that if I fight that charge, the DA could keep re-scheduling the trial indefinitely," Motes said. "This is not about justice, it's about convictions and revenue. If I had the money? I would have beat this charge."

Motes turned himself in to Nacogdoches Police on Saturday. His records show he now lives in Wichita Falls.

A bond had not been set on Motes as of 11 a.m. Monday.

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