Weatherford Democrat

Top News

October 26, 2013

Ex-jailer charged with having inmate sex

Weatherford man is former Palo Pinto County jailer

By CHRISTIN COYNE

Accused of violating the civil rights of a person in custody, a Weatherford man and former Palo Pinto County jailer and peace officer was arrested Friday afternoon.

Taken into custody by Weatherford police around noon, Terry Lynn Snell, 43, was charged with violation of the civil rights of a person in custody-sexual, according to Parker County Jail records, which indicate he was transported to Palo Pinto Friday afternoon.

State law prohibits a correctional facility employee or peace officer from intentionally engaging in sexual contact or sexual intercourse with a person in custody.

Palo Pinto County officials said the charge stemmed from an indictment by a grand jury.

Details of the charge against Snell were not available Friday.

The Palo Pinto County District Clerk’s Office said the judge had not yet signed the indictments late Friday afternoon so the indictment was unavailable.

No one was available to talk to the Democrat at the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office Friday afternoon and the Democrat was unable to reach Sheriff Ira Mercer on his cell phone by deadline.

The Democrat was unable to reach area Texas Ranger Anthony Bradford Friday afternoon, as well.

According to Texas Commission on Law Enforcement records, Snell was a licensed peace officer and jailer with the Palo Pinto County Sheriff’s Office from January through April.

He also held a jailer’s license through the Parker County Sheriff’s Office for five months prior to his time in Palo Pinto County.

TCOLE records also show Snell held a peace officer’s license as a part-time or reserve officer for two small cities in West Texas and a temporary jailer’s license as a part-time jailer in a West Texas county for several months beginning in April 2011.

No disciplinary actions of suspension or revocation had been taken on Snell’s licenses as of Friday, according to Laura Le Blanc, custodian of records for TCOLE.

1
Text Only
Top News
  • David May named Mineral Wells Index general manager-editor

    Weatherford Democrat Editor David May has been named general manager-editor for the Mineral Wells Index.

    April 18, 2014

  • Aledo City Council Place 2 Candidates.jpg Q&A: Aledo City Council Place 2 candidates

    With some contested races in area school board and city council races on the May 10 ballots, the WD will provide a closer look at some of those through a question-and-answer feature with the candidates. Early voting begins April 28. Today we look at the candidates running for Place 2 on Aledo City Council.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • USAF photo.jpg Heroes riding for heroes

    The 12th annual Ride for Heroes bike ride this Saturday in Aledo will include some VIPs: members of the United States Air Force Cycling Team.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • 0912 one bday wm j kelly 2013 mug.jpg KELLY: What do you think?

    Not much is known about this Joseph’s life. The one thing I know for sure is that he was a very brave man.

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • tiscione, lou.jpg TISCIONE: He is risen!

    “He has risen; The Lord has risen indeed!” (Luke 24:6, 34)

    April 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • Little league makes pitch to city for lower user fees

    Weatherford Little League officials have asked the city to lower user fees to the league.

    April 17, 2014

  • 0418 one oregel, oscar.jpeg Trunk full of cash leads to trip to jail

    After a traffic stop late Monday night in Parker County, the Texas Department of Public Safety seized more than $54,000 from a man who, DPS says, admitted to trafficking in narcotics for people he met in Mexico.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • easter basket.jpg Easter egg hunt times, locations

    Following is information provided to the WD on four local Easter egg hunts and celebrations planned for Friday and Saturday:

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • cigarette butts.jpg No butts about it, smoking ban nears

    Weatherford eating establishments have just over a week to get their no smoking signs in place and prepare for the no smoking ordinance enacted by the city council in February to go into effect.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

  • Hamilton, Lee.jpg HAMILTON: Government as innovator? You bet!

    Five years ago, the federal government spent $169 billion to fund basic research and development. This fiscal year, it’s down to $134 billion.

    April 17, 2014 1 Photo

Must Read
Top News
House Ads
AP Video
Captain of Sunken SKorean Ferry Arrested Raw: Fire Destroys 3 N.J. Beachfront Homes Raw: Pope Presides Over Good Friday Mass Raw: Space X Launches to Space Station Superheroes Descend on Capitol Mall Man Charged in Kansas City Highway Shootings Obama Awards Navy Football Trophy Anti-semitic Leaflets Posted in Eastern Ukraine Raw: Magnitude-7.2 Earthquake Shakes Mexico City Ceremony at MIT Remembers One of Boston's Finest Raw: Students Hurt in Colo. School Bus Crash Raw: Church Tries for Record With Chalk Jesus Raw: Faithful Celebrate Good Friday Worldwide Deadly Avalanche Sweeps Slopes of Mount Everest Police Arrest Suspect in Highway Shootings Drought Concerns May Hurt Lake Tourism Vermont Goat Meat Gives Refugees Taste of Home Calif. Investigators Re-construct Fatal Bus Cras Mayor Rob Ford Launches Re-election Campaign Appellate Court Hears Okla. Gay Marriage Case
Poll

The City of Weatherford is considering an ordinance that would ban smoking inside restaurants and enclosed areas where food is prepared, sold or consumed. Do you agree with this proposal?

Yes
No
Undecided
Don't care
     View Results