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Former cop pleads guilty to indecency charge

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By Chris Edwards
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MUGSHOT DeesWOODVILLE – Johnathan Broussard Dees, a former law enforcement officer and Doucette resident, who is currently serving time for multiple sex offenses against children, pleaded guilty to another charge on Monday in District Court.

Dees was charged with Indecency with a Child by Exposure. According to Tyler County District Attorney Lucas Babin, a plea deal netted Dees a five-year sentence, which will run concurrently with his existing sentence he is serving. Those sentences run until March 2029.

The five-year sentence handed down in 2023 to Dees was for convictions in Jasper and Orange counties. The victim in the Tyler County case, according to Babin, was the same victim in the case from Orange County.

Dees was arrested in September of 2022 by the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office on another indecency charge (sexual contact). At the time he was already registered as a sex offender; classified as a low-level offender, with a requirement for annual verification.

His offender status stemmed from an investigation on an incident from 2006, where he sexually assaulted a child under the age of 14, according to one account of his crime. He had worked as a sheriff’s deputy for both Jasper and Jefferson counties.

Dees was indicted in December of 2011 for the charge of aggravated sexual assault of a child, a first-degree felony. He took a plea bargain in 2016, and avoided jail, with seven years’ deferred adjudication, a $2,500 fine and 160 hours of community service, along with the lifetime sex offender registration requirement and a permanent surrender of his peace officer license.

The conviction on the 2022 charge got him the five-year sentence he is currently serving, and he is being held at the Ellis Unit in Huntsville. Records indicate he is eligible for parole in March 2026.

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