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Mr. Joe Wayne Cates

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Background

Employment History

  • Director of Alternative Education
    Plano ISD
  • Director of the Youth Program
    Reformed Church
  • Physical Education Teacher
    Hughston Elementary School
  • Teacher and Assistant Principal
    Wilson Middle School
  • Science Teacher
    Hendrick Middle School
  • Coordinator, After-School Programs
    Plano Independent School District
  • Science Teacher
    Plano Independent School District

Education

  • Plano High School
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Web References
TASSP Event Registration
www.tassp.org, 29 May 2001 [cached]
Presented by Joe Cates, Director of Alternative Education, Plano ISD.
TUES - How AP's Can Learn the Principalship
02/19/2002 - 02/19/2002, 8:15 a.m. to 11:15 a.m.
Joe Wayne Cates, 51, was placed ...
www.wfaa.com, 17 Dec 2008 [cached]
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.
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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. He was arrested Dec. 12.
Mr. Cates has waived extradition, but it is unclear when he will be returned to Texas. Whenever he does, he 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. He was sentenced to four years in prison and 10 years' probation.
He 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. He survived his 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' classroom.
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.
DallasNews.com | Dallas-Fort Worth | Latest News
www.dallasnews.com, 28 April 2002 [cached]
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.
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Two weeks after Plano police began investigating, a Collin County sheriff's deputy found Mr. Cates inside his 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.
E-mail mbarco@dallasnews.com
DallasNews.com | Dallas-Fort Worth | Local News: Collin County
www.dallasnews.com, 29 Jan 2003 [cached]
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.
"He was still my friend. ...I didn't know how to break off that relationship," the man replied.Mr. Cates, he said, had become sort of a father figure for him after his own father committed suicide in 1987.
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When the 27-year-old man contacted Mr. Cates via e-mail with the allegation in 2001, Mr. Cates said he 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 said he had visited a hypnotist, but nothing was discovered.
Mr. McDermitt said that Mr. Cates had lied about seeing a hypnotist.
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Mr. Cates, he said, panicked after hearing the 27-year-old man's allegation and he feared his character and reputation would be tarnished as they were in 1994 when two boys accused him of fondling them.
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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.
E-mail mbarco@dallasnews.com
or call 214-977-6847.
TeacherCrimes.com - Teachers arrested for sex with students in Texas
www.teachercrime.com [cached]
Joe Wayne Cates
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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.
Cates 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.
Cates became a registered sex offender in 2003 on three second-degree felony charges of indecency with a child. He 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.
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