By CLINT FOSTER
PALO PINTO – After five years of uncertainty, Tuesday a felony indecency case was finally brought to court and a verdict was delivered.
Timothy Robert Hoskins, 49, of Mineral Wells, pleaded guilty Monday to two 2009 indictments for indecency with a child by sexual contact, with a jury waiting in the halls of the Palo Pinto County Courthouse. After the trial on Tuesday afternoon, District Judge Mike Moore ruled that Hoskins would serve two sentences of 10 years confinement – which he would be allowed to run concurrently – as well as pay a $2,500 fine for each case. Moore also ruled that Hoskins would not be eligible for parole until he had served at least five years of his sentence.
The incident that launched this long saga took place in January of 2009 at Hoskins’ Mineral Wells residence. According to information presented in the case, Hoskins was keeping two boys belonging to his longtime friends, Robert and Peggy Crutsinger.
In a filmed statement presented as evidence, Hoskins said he had kept the boys – ages 5 and 9 – multiple times, but on one particular occasion, they “demanded” to shower with him. While in the shower, Hoskins claimed that one of the boys forcefully grabbed his private area, leading Hoskins to do the same to the boy in an attempt to show him that it hurt and he should not do that. In addition, evidence was presented that Hoskins became sexually aroused at some point during the shower.
According to Hoskins’ statement and the testimonies of multiple witnesses, he frequently looked after multiple neighborhood kids and family members and had never done anything like this before or since. One neighbor went as far as to say that he practically raised her daughter. Both that witness and others who were brought to the stand by Hoskins’ attorney said they would trust him with their kids, even after learning that he had pleaded guilty to the charges brought against him.