County grand jury indicts defendants on sexual assault of a child, meth charges

BEEVILLE – Emilio Gonzales was one of four criminal defendants indicted on a first degree felony charges when the Bee County Grand Jury met just before the end of May.

The defendant was named in a three-count indictment on charges related to sexual activity with the same female victim.

The first count was on a charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child.

That is a first degree felony, punishable by a prison term of from five to 99 years or life in prison and a fine of as much as $10,000.

According to the indictment, the victim was under the age of 14.

The second and third counts of the indictment were on charges of indecency with a child by contact. Both offenses are second degree felonies, punishable by a prison term of up to 20 years and a $10,000 fine.

The indictment named the same victim in each count of the indictment, but the second and third counts reported the victim as being under the age of 17.

The incident listed in count one of the indictment alleged that the incident occurred on Dec. 15, 2015. The other two incidents allegedly occurred on May 22, 2016.

District Judge Janna Whatley set bond on the defendant at $25,000.

Others indicted on first degree felonies included:

•Ruben Delgado Gonzales, Jr. named in three separate indictments.

Two of the indictments were for first degree felony charges, and the third was for a second degree felony.

The grand jury also found the defendant to be a repeat felony offender.

One of the first degree felony indictments was on a charge of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group one.

According to the indictment, the manufacture and delivery charge was filed because investigators said Gonzales allegedly transferred more than four grams but less than 200 grams of methamphetamine to another man on Feb. 9, 2019.

The indictment on the possession charge involved the alleged possession of four to 200 grams of methamphetamine on Feb. 13, 2019.

The second degree felony indictment was on a charge of manufacture and delivery of a controlled substance, penalty group one.

The indictment alleged that Gonzales transferred between one and four grams of methamphetamine to another man on Feb. 13, 2019.

Grand jurors based the repeat felony offender enhancement on a previous felony conviction in Bee County on a charge of burglary of a habitation on Jan. 24, 2002.

Bonds were set at $15,000 on each of the indictments.

•Candace Hinojosa on a charge of possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver, a first degree felony.

According to the indictment, Hinojosa was accused of possessing between four and 200 grams of a synthetic marijuana on Dec. 10, 2018, and the defendant allegedly intended to deliver the drug to another person.

Bond was $5,000.

•Eugene Ramon Martinez on a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, a second degree felony.

According to investigators, the defendant threatened a person with imminent bodily injury by yelling he was going kill that person, and he displayed a knife while making the threat.

The incident allegedly took place on Jan. 23, 2019.

Bond was $8,000.

Gary Kent is a reporter at the Bee-Picayune and can be reached at 358-2550, ext. 120, or at

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