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Counselor arrested for failing to report sexual abuse

By KBell
Nov. 30, 2010 at 5:30 a.m.


GOLIAD - A counselor at Goliad Middle School was arrested Nov. 23 on suspicion of failing to report the sexual assault of a child.

Cheryl Worley, 58, is charged with felony abandoning or endangering a child and failure to timely report abuse, a Class A misdemeanor.

Worley was released on her own recognizance after Justice of the Peace Steve Kennedy set bond at $5,000 and $4,000, the judge said.

The charges came after the Texas Rangers began investigating the assault of the child, and Worley's name came up, said Lisa Block, a spokesperson for the Texas Department of Public Safety.

The Rangers were investigating a 44-year-old Berclair man, who was arrested by the Goliad County Sheriff's Office on Nov. 18 on suspicion of aggravated sexual assault on a child, Block said.

The Rangers again arrested the man on Nov. 22 on suspicion of continuous sexual abuse of a child, a first-degree felony, and indecency with a child, a second-degree felony. The Advocate is not identifying the suspect to protect the identity of the victim.

He is currently being held at the Goliad County Jail on $250,000 bond, Block said.

County Attorney Rob Baiamonte, who would prosecute the misdemeanor charge against Worley, said he's waiting to receive the offense report from the Rangers.

District Attorney Michael Sheppard, who would prosecute the state jail felony charge, said he's waiting for the report, too.

"My feeling is, in the little bit I've heard about it, it was probably a matter of her using poor judgment and not a matter of it being a felony offense," Sheppard said.

Worley has been placed on administrative leave with pay, according to a news release from the Goliad School District.

Worley declined to comment.

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