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Child sex charges on former judge dropped

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, September 22, 2018
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Two child sex crime cases against a former Wise County justice of the peace have been dismissed by the district attorney’s office.

According to court records, District Attorney Greg Lowery Monday filed a motion to dismiss pending charges of aggravated sexual assault of a child and indecency with a child by sexual contact on C.D. Archer.

Archer, 58, served as Precinct 4 justice of the peace from 2003 through 2006.

Lowery said the two alleged victims in the cases recently came to him saying they did not wish to continue pursuing a conviction.

“Victim does not wish to pursue prosecution due to emotional distress for (the victim) and loved ones,” the two nearly identical motions to dismiss stated. “The district attorney believes the likelihood of conviction in this case is low.”

The statement continued, expressing the district attorney’s belief in the alleged victims’ “truthfulness as to the allegations contained in the indictment.”

The cases had been set for trial next month.

Archer was indicted by a Wise County grand jury in June 2014. The indictments alleged the sexual contact occurred with one female victim while she was under the age of 14 and one male victim who was under the age of 17.

The aggravated sexual assault of a child charge, a first-degree felony offense, contained 16 counts with the same female victim. According to the indictments, the sexual acts began around June 1, 1994, and continued until December 2002. The victim in that case was under 14 during every assault, the indictment alleged.

The indecency charge, a second-degree felony, contained one count with the alleged male victim in July of 2001.

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