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October 29, 2013

Snell among 9 people indicted by Grand Jury

By CLINT FOSTER

PALO PINTO – Thursday, Oct. 24, a Palo Pinto County Grand Jury handed out 11 indictments to nine different people, one of which was sealed.

Among the indicted was Terry Lynn Snell, 43, who was arrested last Friday in Weatherford on a complaint of violation of the civil rights of a person in custody.

Palo Pinto District Attorney Mike Burns said Snell, a former Palo Pinto County jailer and peace officer, allegedly engaged in sexual contact with an inmate while he was working at Palo Pinto Jail in early March of this year. State law prohibits a correctional facility employee or peace officer from intentionally engaging in sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person in custody.

According to Burns, another inmate witnessed Snell's sexual exploits and notified officials in the Palo Pinto County Sheriff's Office. Snell was fired shortly after these allegations were made.

Because Snell was a PPSO employee, Burns said area Texas Ranger Tony Bradford was called in to investigate. He took statements from witnesses and presented the results of the investigation to the Grand Jury.

The following were also indicted:

• Aaron Russell Ehrle - unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon and debit card abuse.

• Juan Cesar Gonzalez - delivery of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) in a drug-free zone, less than one gram and endangering a child.

• Larry Shane Ellis - possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) between 4 and 200 grams.

• Moriah Lorene Ellis - possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) less than 1 gram.

• Rebecca Pauline Littlepage - possession with intent to deliver a controlled substance (methamphetamine) between 4 and 200 grams.

• Sonya LaVon Miles - possession of a controlled substance (methamphetamine) less than 1 gram.

• Cesar Fernando Alvarez-Hernandez - engaging in organized criminal activity.

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