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198th District Judge dismisses indecency case against Center Point teacher

Damian Van Winkle, 47, has case dismissed against him for lack of sufficient evidence.

The 198th District Attorney Stephen Harpold has dropped child indecency charges against a former Center Point High School athletic director for lack of evidence.

The dismissal of the charges against Damian Van Winkle, 47, was signed by 198th District Judge Rex Emmerson on Aug. 3. It ends a highly publicized case against Van Winkle, one investigated by the Kerr County Sheriff's Office. A veteran educator Van Winkle lost his job, one he held for nine months before his arrest in April.

At the time of his arrest, Van Winkle was living in Center Point and faced charges that he had indecent contact with a child — a second-degree felony. The Center Point Independent School District alerted the Sheriff's Office and Child Protective Services, which both launched investigations.

However, Harpold's office found there was insufficient evidence leading to the dismissal.


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