LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Angelina County grand jury has indicted a former Lufkin charter school counselor who is accused of sexually assaulting a 10-year-old girl in October of 2012 on two felony charges - aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact.
John Wesley Carter, 46, of Huntington, was arrested on the aggravated sexual assault of a child charge on April 2, 2016. He was released later that day after he posted bail.
Carter's indecency with a child by sexual contact charge is a new one. However, according to the text of the indictment, there was only one victim. Carter is accused of molesting the then-10-year-old girl in two different ways on Oct. 1, 2012.
At the time of Carter's arrest in 2016, he was already serving probation for possessing child pornography charges.
According to an arrest affidavit, a teacher reported that a now 13-year-old student made an outcry to them.
The teacher reported asking the student what was bothering her and she said she had been sexually abused by Carter back when he worked at the school.
The student then went to the counselor and explained how she went to an outing with Carter. During the outing, Carter touched the child inappropriately.
According to the affidavit, there was no trauma or scarring visible to the child during a Sexual Assault Nurse Examination.
Carter denied sexually assaulting the child, according to the affidavit.
Carter was arrested in November 2013 after an investigation into inappropriate conversations he was having with a girl under the age of 10 at Pineywoods Community Academy. The girl's parents had planted a recorder on the child and recorded a conversation between Carter and the girl. They then turned that in to Lufkin police.
"That's the frustrating thing because Mr. Carter worked for several area districts, left in good standing and we did an exhaustive background check," former PCA Superintendent Dr. Bruce Marchand said in a previous East Texas News story. "We talked to folks we knew in the community and got nothing but very rave reviews."
When police were investigating that allegation, Carter gave them permission to search his house. Police found evidence that Carter had tried to look up child pornography websites.
Carter pleaded guilty to the charge in February 2015, accepting a five-year probation sentence.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted Lee Martin Biggerstaff, 38, Huntington, on a third-degree felony stalking charge in connection to allegations that he harassed his ex-girlfriend by sending her "harassing, annoying, and threatening" texts, Facebook messages, and phone calls earlier this year.
In one message, he allegedly said, "If I can't have you, then no one else will either."
Biggerstaff is still being held in the Angelina County Jail. His collective bail amount has been set at $101,500.
David Scott Dunn, 44, of Lufkin, was indicted on a second-degree felony aggravated assault with a deadly weapon charge. Dunn is accused of going to the home of his ex-wife's mother and stabbing and cutting his ex-wife's boyfriend in the hand, arm, and side back in early February.
Dunn is still being held in the county jail. His bail amount has been set at $50,000.
The Angelina County grand jury also indicted Atiba Jermaine Nicholson, 20, of Lufkin, on a first-degree felony aggravated robbery charge in connection to allegations that he and two other men were involved in a home-invasion robbery that occurred at Greenbriar Apartments back in October of 2016.
During the alleged incident, a man was pistol-whipped and robbed of an undisclosed amount of cash.
Nicholson is still being held in the Angelina County Jail, and his bail amount has been set at $50,000.
Also among those indicted by the grand jury was Jaime Moreno Jr., 39, of Diboll. Moreno was indicted on a second-degree felony escape causing injury charge in connection to allegations that he assaulted an Angelina County Sheriff's Office Deputy who tried to take him into custody on a drug charge and then escaped from custody twice in a 24-hour period back in February.
Moreno is still being held in the county jail. His bail amount has been set at $25,000.