Sex offender suspect pleads not guilty, two more charges added to indictment
Seth McCague Batterton, 31, of Fredericksburg, entered a plea of not guilty at the pre-trial hearing in the 216th Judicial District Court on Thursday, June 16 and two more charges of indecency with a child by contact were added to the 14 counts against him.
State District Judge Keith Williams granted a motion for substitution of counsel filed by Batterton’s court appointed attorney Henry McGowen.
Oliver P. Neel, who was retained in one of the counts against Batterton, was appointed by Williams to serve as attorney of record for the defendant, according to court documents.
Batterton entered the District Courtroom at the Gillespie County Jail cuffed and wearing a striped inmate uniform.
Judge Williams set a pre-trial court date for 9 a.m., Friday, Sept. 15, in the District Courtroom at the Gillespie County Jail, according to district court records.
At the pre-trial hearing, Batterton will be arraigned and his attorney, Neel, can file any motions. The judge set a tentative jury trial for 8:30 a.m. Oct. 11.
Batterton was indicted by the 216th Judicial District Court Grand Jury in June on two counts of indecency with a child (younger than 17 years of age) by contact.
As with the three other victims, a pseudonym was used for the fourth alleged victim in court documents.
Batterton engaged in sexual activity with Jane Doe, a child younger than 17 years of age, by touching her breast and genitals on or about May 6.
This is a second degree felony. A conviction carries a sentence of two to 20 years in a state prison and/or a fine of up to $10,000.
For more on this story, read this week’s print and online editions of the Fredericksburg Standard-Radio Post. If you are a print subscriber, your full online subscription is free. All you need to do is call 830-997-2155 to get a password. If you are not a subscriber, call 997-2155 or click on the ‘Subscribe’ button on the left side of the home page and sign up today!