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Joe Wayne Cates, 51, was placed ...
Joe Wayne Cates, 51, was placed on the Texas Top 10 Most Wanted Fugitives list after he tried to fake his own death and went into hiding.
Apparently, the ruse didn't deter investigators with the attorney general's fugitive unit who tracked Mr. Cates to a restaurant in Sandia Park, N.M., where he worked as a dishwasher.
was arrested Dec. 12.
has waived extradition, but it is unclear when he
will be returned to Texas.
will face charges of parole violation and failure to register as a sex offender, Mr. Fillpot said.
Mr. Cates, a former assistant principal who once led a church youth program, was convicted in 2003 on three counts of indecency with a child.
was sentenced to four years in prison and 10 years' probation.
was paroled in 2004 but disappeared two years later, after a warrant was issued for his
arrest for parole violation.
Plano police began their investigation in 2001 when a former Hendrick Middle School student reported that he had been sexually abused by Mr. Cates in the summer of 1989, court records indicate.
Two weeks after the investigation began, Mr. Cates
was found inside his
car with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.
injuries and was found guilty in 2003 of fondling three boys between June 1989 and May 1994.
The victims ranged from 8 to 14 years old.
One of the victims told the jury that he
was abused at Mr. Cates'
East Plano home the night before a church group trip to Oklahoma.
For 16 years, Mr. Cates served as director of the youth program at The Reformed Church in Plano where he wrote children's plays and led youth trips.
Another victim told the jury that the abuse took place in Mr. Cates'
Mr. Cates, who graduated from Plano High School in 1975, taught at Hughston Elementary School, Wilson Middle School and Hendrick Middle School.
He also served as assistant principal at Wilson and coordinated the district's after-school program.
In 1985, when he was a physical education teacher at Hughston Elementary School, he was named the Plano school district's Teacher of the Year.
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Joe Wayne Cates, 45, was indicted by a Collin County grand jury.He is accused of fondling three boys between June 1989 and May 1994, according to court documents.The victims were all reported to be younger than 17. Plano police arrested Mr. Cates on a sex-abuse charge in December after a former student told authorities that Mr. Cates had sexually abused him in the summer of 1989.Mr. Cates
has been free since Dec. 21, when he
was released from the Collin County Jail after posting $25,000 bail. Mr. Cates
could not be reached for comment.
Two weeks after Plano police began investigating, a Collin County sheriff's deputy found Mr. Cates
car on a rural county road with a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head.Mr. Cates
survived the injuries. Mr. Cates graduated from Plano High School in 1975.He started work for the district at Hughston Elementary School in 1979. During his district career, he served as a teacher and assistant principal at Wilson Middle school, was a teacher at Hendrick Middle School and worked in the district's Special Programs Center.He was coordinator of the district's after-school program before being placed on paid administrative leave in December. In 1985, while serving as a physical education teacher at Hughston, he was named the district's teacher of the year.
School district officials said Friday that Mr. Cates
remains on administrative leave.They declined to comment further. In November, Mr. Cates voluntarily resigned as director of the youth program at Reformed Church in Plano, the Rev. Jack Buteyn, the church's senior pastor, has said. Mr. Cates
had served in that role for 16 years, officials said.Mr. Cates
wrote children's plays and led youth trips across the Southwest.
If convicted on all three indecency charges, Mr. Cates
could face a maximum sentence of 20 years on each count.
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The testimony came in the opening day of a trial for 46-year-old Joe Wayne Cates.Mr. Cates, a former Plano school district teacher of the year, has been charged with three counts of indecency with a child.He is accused of fondling three boys between June 1989 and May 1994.Mr. Cates, who is free on bail, resigned from the district in July.
"I was scared; I wasn't sure what had happened," said a 27-year-old man who testified that Mr. Cates
fondled him when he
was 14."I didn't know what it meant.I was embarrassed.He
had been a good friend." He
said the incident took place at Mr. Cates' home during summer 1989, the night before a scheduled trip to Oklahoma with a church youth group.The man said that Mr. Cates, who was his science teacher at Hendrick Middle School, fondled him as he slept in Mr. Cates' bed.
The second witness, a 21-year-old man, told jurors that Mr. Cates
fondled him outside his
pants when he
was about 10.The man said the abuse took place as he
visited Mr. Cates' classroom while his
own teacher was away at a conference.
On cross-examination, defense attorney Don McDermitt asked the 27-year-old why he
continued a friendship with Mr. Cates
after the alleged incident.
was still my friend. ...I didn't know how to break off that relationship," the man replied.Mr. Cates
said, had become sort of a father figure for him after his
own father committed suicide in 1987.
When the 27-year-old man contacted Mr. Cates
via e-mail with the allegation in 2001, Mr. Cates
didn't remember the incident, according to documents presented in court.
However, after the man asked Mr. Cates
in another e-mail if he
believed him, Mr. Cates
said, "I have no reason not to believe you," according to an e-mail read in court. Mr. Cates
said in the message that he
suffered from depression during that time and was taking medication.And a doctor had told him that the medication could have caused memory loss.In an attempt to help jar his
memory, Mr. Cates
had visited a hypnotist, but nothing was discovered.
Mr. McDermitt said that Mr. Cates
had lied about seeing a hypnotist.
said, panicked after hearing the 27-year-old man's allegation and he
character and reputation would be tarnished as they were in 1994 when two boys accused him of fondling them.
However, the cases were reopened when the 27-year-old man came forward with his
allegation against Mr. Cates
If convicted, Mr. Cates
could face a maximum sentence of 20 years in prison on each charge.Indecency with a child is a second-degree felony.
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Joe Wayne Cates
Joe Wayne Cates
A former science teacher convicted of child indecency who failed to report to police his
whereabouts and earned himself a spot on the Texas Most Wanted list has been found.
Police found 51-year-old Joe Wayne Cates
, formerly of McKinney, in New Mexico last Friday and plans are underway to return him to Texas, according to a released statement from the New Mexico State Police Department
The Texas Attorney General's Office's
Fugitive Apprehension Unit asked New Mexico State Police to investigate Cates'
whereabouts on Dec. 8.
The Attorney General sent five team members to initiate the investigation.
Then less than four days later, police discovered Cates
living in a trailer park in Sandia Park, N.M. Officers served Cates' arrest warrant at 8:47 p.m. Friday and took him into custody.
had been on the run from police for two and a half years after a Collin County grand jury convicted him of a third-degree felony charge of failure to register as a sex offender in February of 2007 after he
failed to report his
whereabouts to the authorities.
Plano police charged Cates
in 2001 after an unidentified adult male reported to the authorities he
had been arrested while he
was a juvenile.
It is the policy of the McKinney Courier-Gazette to not release information that would lead to the identity of sexual assault victims.
Cates worked as a science teacher with the Plano Independent School District.
The juvenile was staying with Cates
on or about June 15, 1989, so he
could take him to a church mission trip the following day.
The juvenile told police Cates touched him in an inappropriate manner while he
was staying with him.
became a registered sex offender in 2003 on three second-degree felony charges of indecency with a child.
entered a not guilty plea and a jury found him guilty on two of the charges and placed him on 10 years probation.
The Collin County
District Attorney's Office filed a motion to revoke his
probation in November of 2006, according to Collin County court records.