Saul Salinas was adjudicated guilty by Administrative District Judge Bill Stubblefield on May 3rd on three charges of Aggravated Sexual Assault of a Child. The crime involved a child who was just 6 years of age at the time the sexual assaults occurred. Previously, in November of 1999, Saul Salinas had pled guilty to the three counts and was placed on Community Supervision at that time. Despite the fact he was given numerous chances to remain within society and receive Sexual Offender Treatment, he refused to attend the classes as ordered. Additionally, the judge found he had committed the offense of Driving While his License was Suspended several times while on probation and in addition had been arrested for DWI and Failure to Identify in Lampasas County in 2010. Salinas’s punishment was set at sixty years to be served in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice in the Institutional Division. Salinas had previously received an extension of his probationary period but only remained on probation for a few months before his last arrest. The San Saba County Probation Office worked tirelessly with Salinas for several years in an effort to ensure his success on probation but despite all their efforts, Salinas failed to avail himself of the opportunity to remain outside of prison.
Evidence before the judge included testimony by the child victim (now an adult) as well as testimony by Lampasas Police Department officer Fidel Morua, Sex Offender Therapist Donna Twait, Yolonda Johnson, his Probation Officer, as well as Steve Burnett and Pat Wadsworth of the San Saba Community Supervision Department.
Judge Bill Stubblefield sentenced Mr. Salinas at the conclusion of the evidence during the adjudication hearing and remanded him to the custody of the Sheriff for delivery to the Director of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.
Assistant District Attorney Cheryl Nelson was assigned to try the case by District Attorney Sam Oatman and noted, "This case involved the work of several members of our Community Supervision Officers, Sex Offender professionals and the Lampasas officer. All of these professionals were invaluable in the State’s ability to obtain this sentence. I am also very pleased with the judge’s decision and feel very strongly that justice was served by the imposition of this sentence and that the judge sent out a clear message in our community regarding the kind of punishment criminals can expect if they choose to fail to live up to what is required of them if they are given a chance to remain on probation and stay out of the penitentiary." Ms. Nelson concluded stating "It is important that we as a society educate ourselves about sexual predators who prey upon children in order to ensure our children are protected as best we can. It is also very important that probationers realize if they choose not to follow the terms and conditions of their probations, they will be given no choice but to be incarcerated."