Joe Cates

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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


Plano High School

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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.

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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. 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.

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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 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

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