Mineral Wells Index, Mineral Wells, TX

January 5, 2014

Five years later, felony indecency case goes to court


Mineral Wells Index

— By CLINT FOSTER

On Tuesday morning, in the Palo Pinto County Courthouse, a jury will hear a criminal case five years in the making.

Timothy Robert Hoskins, 49, of Mineral Wells, stands accused of engaging in unlawful sexual contact with two local boys, ages 5 and 9, according to

District Attorney Mike Burns who will serve as the prosecutor representing the State of Texas in this case.

Burns said Hoskins received two indictments in 2009 for indecency with a child by sexual contact – a felony offense – stemming from the incident that happened in January of that year at a residence in Mineral Wells.

The parents of the victims, Robert and Peggy Crutsinger, told the Index it has been frustrating having to wait so long before the case could finally go to court. However they said they understand that is the way of things in the judicial system.

Robert Crutsinger declined to comment much further, stating that he would rather wait until after the case is over.

There is little doubt however about how much pain this incident has caused their family and that they will be hoping that justice is served on Tuesday.

Hoskins was originally arrested in 2009 by Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office detectives and jailed under two $50,000 bonds. He was reportedly living in Salesville at the time.

Sheriff Ira Mercer had this to say about the case:

“It’s got to go to trail before we know what’s going to happen, but it was obvious to us that something was wrong,” he said. “We absolutely felt like we did the right thing making the arrest.

“But we’re at the point now where it’s not about what we think, we have to see what the jury’s going to say.

“I’m anxious to see what the jury’s going to say about this case.”