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Additional charges for Jasper jailer

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MUGSHOT Anibal VillasanaMUGSHOT Anibal Villasana

By Chris Edwards

WOODVILLE –  A Tyler County Grand Jury handed down two more indictments to a Woodville man who was first indicted last year, all on child rape charges.

Anibal Maurico Villasana, 61, was booked into the Tyler County Justice Center last week on two charges of

Sexual Assault of a Child. He was subsequently released after posting bond. Each charge carried a $100,000 bond amount.

Villasana was indicted on two counts of Indency with a Child by Sexual Contact in December 2020. The indictments came after an investigation regarding incidents alleged to have occurred in Tyler County.

At the time, he was working for the Jasper County Sheriff’s Department. He has worked in various capacities within the Jasper County Jail, including head of kitchen staff and jailer. He had worked for the county for more than 20 years. At the time, he had been placed on leave with pay, pending that case’s outcome.

The four charges Villasana faces are second-degree felonies, punishable by a fine of up to $10,000 per charge, between two and 20 years in prison, or both.

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