Lino Donato, previous post here, has been voted out of his job as Mayor of Poteet. Not by the people of Poteet, but by the city counsel.
I have to admit, I was confused about this at first. Every story I came across seemed to refer to Donato being released from jail on bail last week, but that couldn't be right, because I first posted about him in 2006. And then it hit me. He'd been charged yet again.
Earlier Monday afternoon, Donato was released on $200,000 bond after he was arrested last week for the second time in two years on child sex charges. He did not attend the council meeting nor could he be reached by phone or at his place of business.Donato's term would have expired in 2009, however a condition of the sex offender registry hampered his ability to work at the courthouse, or even attend council meetings there. Add on the new charges, and the history of the past charges and I'd say Poteet was in need of a new Mayor years ago.
The most recent indictments allege that on Aug. 15, 2007, Donato touched a girl younger than 14 on her genitals and breasts, resulting in a first-degree felony charge of aggravated sexual assault and a second-degree felony charge of indecency with a child by contact, respectively.
Donato's also accused of kissing the girl on Aug. 17, 2007, and is charged with the third-degree felony of attempted indecency with a child by contact.