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Posted on: July 30, 2021

S.A. man indicted for super aggravated sexual assault of a child, child pornography

This week, Bexar County Grand Juries handed down 219 felony indictments.

Jonathan Garrett (SID: 1147282) is charged in multiple indictments. One charges Garrett with super aggravated sexual assault of a child. The indictment alleges that on Feb. 7, 2021, Garrett intentionally and knowingly had sexual contact with a child under the age of six. It also alleges a charge of sexual performance by a child. That count alleges that on Feb. 7, 2021, Garrett intentionally and knowingly induced a child younger than the age of 14 to engage in sexual conduct and sexual performance. The third count of that indictment charges Garrett with promotion of child pornography. It alleges that on Feb. 7, 2021, Garrett intentionally and knowingly promoted by transferring and distributing through WhatsApp, or possess with intent to promote, visual material that visually depicted, and which Garrett knew visually depicted a child younger than the age of 18 at the time the image of the child was made, engaging in sexual conduct. A fourth count of the indictment charges Garrett with possession of child pornography. It alleges that on April 27, 2021, Garrett intentionally and knowingly possessed visual material that depicted a child younger than the age of 18 at the time the image of the child was made, engaging in sexual conduct. A second indictment charges Garrett with five counts of promotion of child pornography. A third indictment charges Garrett with seven counts of possession of child pornography. These cases are being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division in the 227th District Court. Super aggravated sexual assault of a child is a first degree felony punishable by 25 years to life in prison without parole and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Joe Anthony Salinas (SID: 937641) is charged with continuous sex abuse of a child. The indictment alleges that from Nov. 7, 2020, through Feb. 27, 2021, when Salinas was 17 years of age or older, he committed two or more acts of sexual abuse against a child younger than 14 years of age. Salinas is also charged in two separate indictments with possession of child pornography. These cases are being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division in the 144th District Court. Continuous sex abuse of a child is first degree felony punishable by 25 to 99 years or life in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Daniel Lara (SID: 1147438) is charged with manslaughter. The indictment alleges that on April 30, 2021, Lara recklessly caused the death of Ray Ybarra by discharging a deadly weapon (firearm) at and in the direction of Ybarra. This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 290th District Court. Manslaughter is a second degree felony punishable by 2 to 20 years in prison and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Kody James Mengden (SID: 851074) is charged with arson. The indictment alleges that on April 17, 2021, Mengden intentionally started a fire or cause an explosion by igniting combustible material with an open flame, and in so doing, Mengden recklessly damaged or destroyed a building belonging to Pierce Elementary School. This case is being prosecuted by the Criminal Trial Division in the 144th District Court. Arson is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

Annabel Gonzalez (SID: 796150), Norma Iris Gonzalez (SID: 1124044), Amanda Gonzalez (SID: 993524), Adrian Gabriel Sanchez (SID: 1126457) and Adaljisa Ramos Gonzalez (SID: 1126131) are charged in separate multi-count indictments with gambling-organized crime. The indictments allege that on Aug. 10, 2019, the defendants operated a gambling place, namely Somerset Center located at 7331 Somerset, San Antonio, Texas, by managing the employment operations and assisting in new membership applications and cashing out people who gambled at the gambling place and/or that they participated in the earnings of a gambling place by maintaining and collecting proceeds of the gambling place. The indictments also allege the defendants collaborated in carrying on criminal activity, intentionally and knowingly committing the offense of gambling promotion. The indictments allege each defendant, with intent to further gambling, knowingly possessed a gambling device (eight liner) that the defendants knew was designed for gambling purposes. These cases are being prosecuted by the Public Integrity and Cyber Crime Division in the 227th and 437th District Courts. Gambling-organized crime is a state jail felony punishable by 180 days to two years in jail and a possible fine of up to $10,000.

An indictment is not a finding of guilt. A person charged by indictment is presumed innocent until found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt by a jury or a judge. Because these and potentially other cases are either pending or may be under investigation, we can make no further comment on them.

Copies of indictments may be requested from the Bexar County District Clerk. Information on court settings can be found by searching the case online or directly from the court.

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