CASA speaks on how a predator slipped through the process

LUFKIN, TX (KTRE) - An Austin man, who was "Court Appointed Special Advocate" for children, or CASA volunteer, has been indicted for aggravated sexual assault and indecency with a child.

One of his victims was an eight-year-old he met through his work with CASA.

So we went to our local CASA office to see how a predator like this slips through their process.

Casa Executive Director Jay Perry says an extensive background check and interview is conducted and this is the first time anything like this has ever happened in CASA.

"It happened because he had not ever been caught or accused or convicted of that kind of crime.  All the background checks in the world (wouldn't matter.) Sometimes you get a feel for a person, but if they are slick and have never been caught, there is no absolute safeguard."

Perry says they still are at great need for volunteers.