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Lyte, others indicted

November 10, 2012

A Howard County grand jury handed down indictments on more than 30 people during their session Thursday, including several charges of aggravated sexual abuse of a child and indecency with a child against a Big Spring man who met his victim while serving as youth minister for a local church.

Samuel Lee Lyte, 70, of 1811 S. Lancaster, was indicted on charges of continuous sexual abuse of a child (first-degree felony), aggravated sexual abuse of a child (first-degree felony), indecency with a child (two counts, both second-degree felonies) and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence (third-degree felony).

Lyte was arrested in mid-October by local law enforcement officials. Bond was set at a total of $45,000, according to Howard County Detention Center records. The Big Spring man remains in the custody of the detention center.

William Vaughn, pastor of Mt. Bethel Church, confirmed Lyte met the alleged victim after he was hired by the church in 2010 as a youth minister. According to Vaughn, the Big Spring man was released after the alleged victim's father approached him with a letter written by his daughter meant for Lyte.

“The letter was not of a sexual nature, but it was inappropriate. That's when I released him from the position of youth minister,” Vaughn said. “In the letter, the girl referred to Lyte as the 'king on her throne.' I asked him (Lyte) not to attend the church, but there's really no way to bar someone.”

Vaughn said he did not alert law enforcement after being made aware of the letter because he did not consider it to be of a sexual nature.

Also indicted Thursday were four local residents arrested in September on charges stemming from the vandalization of the Big Spring Vietnam Memorial, which was reported to authorities Aug. 27.

Those indicted are Devan James Cook, 17, of 2611 Chanute; Anthony Alphonso Lewis, 17, of 809 E. 15th St.; Nicholas Lee Sharp, 17, of 2611 Chanute; and Kevin Logan Towner, 17, of 2414 N. Anderson Rd.

The teens — all students at Big Spring High School — were indicted on the charge of criminal mischief of a public monument – more than $1,500 and less than $20,000, a state jail felony.

Damage at the memorial was limited mainly to the AH-1 “Apache” helicopter and the Fallen Soldier Memorial case, according to Sgt. Tony Everett, public information officer with the Big Spring Police Department, who reported the suspects climbed onto the helicopter display and broke a window valued at approximately $2,000, taking the mannequin inside.

The teens also allegedly broke into the memorial's Fallen Soldier Memorial case, taking a web belt and canteen and causing major damage to the display.

Also indicted during the Thursday session were:

• Joe Lopez Bernal, 51, of 1106 E. 15th St., driving while intoxicated (third-degree felony).
• Stacy Kay Cobb, 37, of 7000 S. Service Rd. Apt. 34, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Melissa Dawn Crow, 23, of 617 McEwen, tampering with governmental records (third-degree felony).
• Bobby Harold Davis, 38, currently being held in the county detention center, delivery of a controlled substance.
• Christopher Clint Enriquez, 30, of 2505 Langley, possession of a controlled substance (second-degree felony).
• Steven Valencia Gamboa, 29, of 506 N. Nolan, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Tracie Ann Lee-Mercer, 29, of Midland, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony).
• Oswaldo Subia Martinez, 59, of 602 N.W. Seventh St., driving while intoxicated (second-degree felony, enhanced).
• Michael Ray Moore, 37, of 1507 Richie Rd., driving while intoxicated (third-degree felony).
• David Lee Rhoades, 34, of Quinlan, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (second-degree felony).
• Alfred Gonzales Sanchez Sr., 42, of Odessa, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (first-degree felony, enhanced).
• Alfred Sanchez, 63, of Odessa, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (second-degree felony).
• Rodney Robles, 44, of San Angelo, Texas, driving while intoxicated (second-degree felony, enhanced).
• Clarence Nathan Ross, 44, of 1805 Young, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (first-degree felony).
• Shaquita B. Sneed, 22, of Snyder, Texas, possession of a controlled substance with intent to deliver (first-degree felony).
• Shelia Marie Scabby, 33, of Wichita Falls, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (third-degree felony).
• Michael Shane Shults, 33, of 1100 Lloyd, taking a weapon from a peace officer (third-degree felony).
• Melissa McLendon Slawson, 42, of Midland, Texas, driving while intoxicated (third-degree felony).
• Juan Tovar, 34, of San Antonio, Texas, possession of a controlled substance (first-degree felony, enhanced).
• Marcus Nanes Trevino, 45, of 1810 Mittel, driving while intoxicated with a child passenger (state jail felony).
• Blake Michael Gee, 30, of 512 Scott Dr., forgery (two counts, both state jail felonies).
• Brittany Christine Gordon, 24, of 1301 Harding, possession of a controlled substance (state jail felony) and delivery of a controlled substance (second-degree felony).
• Jeremiah Ezekiel Loscano, 20, of 1603 Vines, failure to register as a sex offender (third-degree felony) and injury to a child (first-degree felony).
• Billy Joe Mitchell, 74, of 1002 N. Main Apt. 39, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (desond-degree felony).
• Harold Ray Ott, 57, of 104 N. Fourth St. in Coahoma, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon (second-degree felony).
• La Paul Eric Scaggs, 36, of 510 S. Benton, indecency with a child (second-degree felony).
• Boyce Alan Tate, 33, of 1700 Monticello, claiming lottery prize by fraud (third-degree felony).

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