Beeville man accused of sexually assaulting girls, age 5 and 14
by Gary Kent
May 24, 2009 | 4006 views | 3 3 comments | 10 10 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Joe Richard Jasso
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The Bee County Grand Jury returned an 11-count indictment against a 27-year-old Bee County man on charges ranging from sexual assault and indecency with a child to aggravated sexual assault and aggravated sexual assault- threat when it met on May 14.

Investigators with the Bee County Sheriff’s Department alleged that Joe Richard Jasso committed the offenses on May 16 and 18, 2004. His victims were two girls under the age of 17 and one of them was described as being under the age of six at the time of the incidents.

An investigator said this week that the older victim was 15 years old at the time.

The two most serious charges listed in the indictment were aggravated sexual assault-threats, both of which involved the younger girl.

Those charges are first degree felonies which could result in a prison sentence or 99 years or life and a fine of as much as $10,000 if Jasso is convicted.

The defendant also was indicted on four counts of sexual assault. All those charges are second degree felonies punishable by prison terms of up to 20 years and fines of as much as $10,000.

The indictment included four counts of indecency with a child-contact, also second degree felonies.

The least serious charge cited in the indictment was indecency with a child-contact, which was listed as a third degree felony.

That offense is punishable by a prison term of up to ten years and a $10,000 fine upon conviction.

District Judge M.E. “Mike” Welborn set the defendant’s bond at $75,000.

Others indicted Thursday included:

•Lisa Ann Banda on a charge of burglary of a habitation, a second degree felony.

Deputies alleged that Banda entered the home of a man on Oct. 2, 2008 with the intent to commit theft. Bond was $5,000.

•John Travis Vanecek and Dara Ann Dabelgott were named in separate indictments apparently stemming from the same incident.

According to investigators with the Texas Attorney General’s Office, the two took alprazolam from an unlocked medicine cart at the Woodridge Nursing Home on Feb. 27, 2008.

Bond on each suspect was $5,000.
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June 02, 2009
My heart goes out to the children. This is very disturbing, I hope they lock him up & throw away the key! Texas should have execution as on option with these kinds of cases.

Child Abuse Casts A Shadow The Length Of A Life Time.
May 29, 2009

It DOES NOT! matter when the abuse happened....

I am a survivor of sexual abuse and it took me until I graduated and left home before I reported it. In fact, I did not report it until I suspected he was abusing my sister and then I reported it. I thought I was the problem, I now know it was him he was the adult I was a child.

Children are taught to mind adults they are an authority figure and do as they say and are intimidated by adults. Thankfully laws have changed and they now allow victims to come forward years after the abuse because often it takes years to get away from the abuser and feel safe enough to report the abuse. It's shame that this kind of abuse continues on, because it is something nobody wants to hear about nobody wants to know its going on in their family, nobody wants to go to trial, It's all about keeping the child quiet either by the abuser or the system.

May 28, 2009
Just wondering, why are these charges just surfacing now?

The alleged crimes happened over five years ago!

Prayers for the victims and may the legal system be responsible in their expedition of this tragic situation. Did the injured parties simply wait so long to report this alleged crime?