TX: Former Ellis County Observer Publisher Gets Three Ten-Year Sentences For Sexual Assault and Indecency With a Child

Two years ago, Joey Dauben was full-time small-town muckraker, publishing the Ellis County Observer and a string of other small papers, blending investigative stories with vicious gossip and baseless speculation at a rate of speed that thrilled and enraged his target audience. He focused intensely on child pornography and child sex abuse, alleging that child porn rings were rampant on Facebook, which he called “the breeding ground of a massive, global, inter-connected, sick and sadistic, electronic child porn, child-sex trafficking ring.”

But in December 2011, Dauben, now 32, became the story himself, after he was arrested and charged with sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy during a church retreat in 2007. Full Article

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Interesting story. The boy who pressed charges is now 20, so the acts occurred 6 years ago. I don’t know what the court transcripts say, but if this strictly a he said / other he said case, then it’s a no-brainer that he will be found guilty, especially as the Rangers had 30 days to interview the victim.

I am on the fence with my belief. I believe he was set up, myself, because 30 days is not necessary to determine the truth from a victim; however, 30 days is more in line with being able to indoctrinate the victim to effectively testify to a complete lie with competence.

Since many of his targets were cops themselves, I am more inclined to believe he was set up.