LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - Lufkin State-Supported Living Center employee who is accused of assaulting a mentally-disabled 15-year-old-girl was among the 52 people indicted by an Angelina County grand jury on Tuesday.
Lynette Bass Williams, 57, of Nacogdoches, was indicted on one second-degree felony injury to the disabled charge. When she was arrested on Jan. 29, she was originally charged with two counts of second-degree felony injury to the disabled and a misdemeanor theft by check charge.
Williams was released from the Angelina County Jail later that day after she posted a collective bail amount of $11,500.
According to the arrest affidavit, the alleged incident occurred at the Lufkin State Supported Living Center on Jan. 8. Williams was employed as a "direct support professional." A video monitor allegedly saw Williams assault a 15-year-old mentally disabled female resident of the center.
A law enforcement officer from the Health and Human Services Commission's Office of the Inspector General was assigned the case on Jan. 11. After the officer obtained a copy of the surveillance video, he saw Williams grab the mentally disabled girl by the head, force her to the floor, and repeatedly hit her head on the floor, the affidavit stated.
In addition, Williams also allegedly struck the girl in the face with an open hand and kicked her in the side of the head. According to the affidavit, the mentally disabled girl suffered scratches on her right upper lip, mouth area, and left bicep.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted Brandon Taylor Willis, 20, of Lufkin on a second-degree felony sexual assault of a child charge in connection to allegations that he had sex with a 16-year-old girl in July of 2015.
When Willis was arrested in August of 2015, it was his second arrest for a child-sex related crime in 16 months.
According to the most recent arrest affidavit, a man reported to police on July 17, 2015 that Willis had a sexual encounter with his daughter two days prior. He said he suspected something happened between her and Willis when he found text messages on his daughter's phone. He said he asked his daughter about it and she said she had sex with Willis in their house.
Police interviewed Willis on July 28. According to the affidavit, he said he knew the girl was a juvenile and was aware of her real age. He said while he was having sex with her, he felt a "little bit bad about it." he said he was not able to finish having sex with her because he did not feel right about it, according to the affidavit.
Willis told police he struggles with being attracted to young girls and justified his attraction by saying he is "a kid at heart and is afraid to grow up." He said he has a porn addiction and uses several different social media sites to chat with younger girls, according to the affidavit.
According to the affidavit, Willis said he has moved on from the "young young" girls and that this girl is the only under-aged girl he has talked to since he was originally arrested for a similar offense.
According to a previous KTRE report, Willis was arrested in June 2014 after an 11-year-old girl's stepmother filed a report with police, alleging Willis was sending messages to her stepdaughter and trying to get her to have sex with him.
After spending four months in jail on a charge of second-degree criminal solicitation, Willis posted a $10,000 bond. The case against him was later dismissed. Court records show the district attorney's office filed the motion with the reason listed as "pending further investigation." Assistant District Attorney Scott Greenbaum declined to comment on the dismissal.
Also among those indicted was Kenneth Earl Bener, 28, of Lufkin. Bener, who was indicted on a felony aggravated robbery charge, is accused of helping to plan and execute an armed robbery that occurred at the Dollar General Store located at 2102 Southwood Drive on Jan. 23, 2015. The other suspect in the case, Moses Ernest McCleland, 24, of California, has already been indicted.
According to the arrest affidavit, Lufkin Police officers responded to the Dollar General store on Southwood Drive on Jan 23 in reference to an armed robbery that had just occurred. While the officers were on their way to the scene, they were told that the suspect had fled the scene.
When the LPD officers arrived on the scene, they talked to two witnesses that had been standing outside the store. Both men said they saw black man exit the store with a silver pistol in his hand and described him as wearing a black hoodie and white gloves.
The witnesses said the suspect walked around the northeast corner of the building. A short time later, a silver or gray "Honda Civic-type" car sped north on Southwood Drive, the affidavit stated.
Inside, the officers talked to a Dollar General employee. The woman had blood on her left and wrist along with an injury to the back of her head.
Later, the officers talked to Bener, who was also a store employee, and told them that he had been walking the store when he heard a commotion toward the front of the store. He told the officers that he first thought his co-worker was playing a trick on him, but he quickly realized that the store was being robbed.
Further investigation revealed that Bener helped McCleland set up the robbery and had communicated with him by phone on several occasions before the robbery occurred, the affidavit stated.
McCleland was arrested on a traffic charge on Feb. 12, 2015. The LPD detectives requested and obtained arrest warrants on McCleland and Bener on March 23, 2015.
McCleland accepted a 20-year prison sentence for a Corrigan Dollar Store robbery, and his Jan. 29 plea hearing for the Lufkin robbery was canceled.