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March 17, 2013

Culprit in racial slur painted on ESD walls remains a mystery

Former contractor says he was targeted, while ESD officials have their doubts

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In a subsequent email Aug. 20, Peden states: “I have talked to Lamar and explained to him that we have decided that only select people will be allowed to access the ESD bldg. in the future.”

Peden did not respond when asked to explain the statements. 

Response

The incident was reported as a “possible burglary” by Vinson shortly after noon Aug. 20, according to an offense report released by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office. The only item noted missing from the room was a DVR device, the only way surveillance footage could be accessed.

The case was classified as inactive in November.

Mottley said the investigator told him when he was contacted weeks later that the district had filed a complaint against him and accused him of sabotaging their property.

He said he gave his side of the story, returned all calls and fully cooperated.

“There could have been several people who did it,” Mottley said. “Nobody wants to deal with it.”

However, the district says they were told Mottley could not be located and he declined to take a polygraph.

Sheriff’s office spokeswoman Danie Huffman said the investigator spoke with the suspect in the case but declined to say whether everyone interviewed during the investigation fully cooperated with the investigator.

Mottley said he believes district officials put no real effort into finding out what happened.

Douglas said she believes the district handled the incident as well as it could have at the time, following the media storm after the earlier resignations. However, she said she believes the “graffiti was a way for the district to get out of their contract with C3.”

“It was well known after the departure of employees and commissioners last year that those within ESD No. 1 had questions about Xavier’s criminal past and wanted out of the contract with Xavier,” Douglas said.

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