NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County District Attorney's Office has dismissed a charge of indecency with a child against a man whose neighbor accused him of watching an eight-year-old girl take a shower. He has instead pleaded guilty to a burglary charge.
Paul Motes accepted a five-year probation sentence on the charge.
The initial Nacogdoches Police report alleged Motes was invited to his neighbor's house to play video games. The report stated the mother caught Motes in the bathroom watching the girl take a shower.
Police arrested Motes on a charge of indecency with a child in January.
On Friday, Motes pleaded guilty to the third-degree felony charge of burglary of a building. The district attorney's office then dismissed the indecency charge.
"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."
Chambers added the family was satisfied with the results of the case.
Motes was in the custody of the Nacogdoches County Jail on the charge of indecency with a child from Jan. 1 until Friday.
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."