by BRAD ROLLINS
Paul C. Velte IV, a former district attorney candidate charged on Friday with sexually assaulting his stepdaughter, said he is innocent of the charge and the victim of a rebellious teenager’s acting out.
“I am innocent of these charges. I have far too much to lose and nothing to gain by doing such a thing. I have a wonderful family life with five other children. I would never jeopardize that,” Velte said. “I have a teenage stepdaughter that thinks she can get what she wants by manipulating the police and CPS. The sad thing is, she has jeopardized the future of all her siblings and her parents now.”
Velte, a Kyle attorney, turned himself in to the Hays County jail on Friday to face a charge stemming from his 13-year-old stepdaughter’s accusation that he raped her one night when she was nine or ten. Sexual assault of a child is a first-degree felony punishable by up to 99 years in prison.
“I did my best to protect her from boys from doing what she is accusing me of now. The sad thing is if I had let her have her way, I wouldn’t be here now — I would not be facing these charges. I tried to do right by that girl,” Velte said. “I guess this is just modern life. You have family police breathing down your neck empowering children the way they have.”
In 2006, Velte ran in the Republican Party primary against Wes Mau, who was then first assistant district attorney, winning 47.27 percent of the vote. Mau lost to Democrat Sherri Tibbe by a razor-thin margin. Tibbe has said her office will not hand any aspect of Velte’s prosecution to avoid potential conflicts of interest.Email | Print