New Braunfels Herald Zeitung (Newspaper) - December 23, 2003, New Braunfels, Texas
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FRONTand CenterChecking off the list
By Ron Maloney
Comal County Criminal District Attorney Dib Waldrip Monday said the decision to release a convicted sex offender for one week was an act of compassion for his dying mother — not a vacation for a man doing time.
This past week, on a motion by defense attorney Glen Peterson supported by Waldrip’s office, 274th Judicial District Judge Gary Steel granted Dib Waldrip Christopher D. Mouton a rare one-week furlough from Comal County Jail to visit his family over Christmas.
He will be released from Comal County Jail today, and will return Dec. 30.
“This was a matter of compassion to Mr. Mouton’s mother," Waldrip said. “Shes been diagnosed with terminal cancer. She didn’t commit the crime.” Waldrip said the furlough was not intended to be a break for Mouton.
“Any act on behalf of the state and the court was, in my mind, on behalf of the mother. It’s not necessarily my job to prosecute or the court’s to convict, but to see that justice is done,” Waldrip said. “Justice affects more than just a victim; more titan just a defendant. It affects innocent people, and families on both sides.”
Mouton, 32, was convicted of aggravated sexual assault of a child, which is a first-degree felony, in 2001 and was sentenced to probation. The assaults, of a New Braunfels girl under 14 years of age, took place between May and June, 1998.
* In July 2003, Mouton, who has moved to Harris County, was found to have violated his probation by not paying restitution and fees and by having 39 images of adult pornography stored on his personal computer. Ihe Comal County Adult Probation Department recommended Mouton be placed in jail for six months for violating his probation, and Steel agreed.
In November, Peterson wrote Steel a letter seeking to have Mouton’s jail time reduced to be with his parents over the holidays.
The request came in response to letters Mouton’s father and brother wrote Peterson in November and December.
“Mr. Peterson, our situation here continues to deteriorate,” Mouton's father * wrote Dec. 4. He then described his wife’s medical condition and the spread of her cancer, which is not responding to chemotherapy.
Mouton’s brother wrote Peterson a similar letter.
“Christopher has been incarcerated
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REBECCA 8. ROGERS/Herald-Zeitung
(Above) Faylynn McMahon finds last-minute gifts for her loved ones Monday at From Here and There off Seguin Avenue. (Below) Alma Williams of Max's Haus wraps up gifts for shopper Linda Robertson Monday afternoon.
Last-minute shoppers rush to find gifts
By Ron Malonoy
Faylynn McMahon made her list and checked it twice Monday afternoon at From Here and There, a Seguin Avenue gift boutique.
McMahon, a Spring Branch Middle School teacher, took advantage of Christmas vacation, joining last-minute holiday shoppers who kept cash registers ringing around New Braunfels.
She looked for gifts for her children, Dallas, 19, and Erin, 17 — but also for their grandmothers, Joyce Balmos and Adelaide McMahon.
McMahon wouldn’t say what the gifts were — because her family reads the newspaper.
“Of course I waited until the last minute, but that's the best way to
shop,” McMahon said. “It makes it fun.’’
Of course, with McMahon’s job, it isn’t easy to get into the stores any earlier, she said.
“I do it each year because we don’t get out of school until almost Christmas,” she said.
Lesley Tumbow of San Antonio also was shopping late Monday.
She expected to visit nine stores and made no excuses.
“It used to be worse,” she said, smiling. “On Christmas Eve, our family used to be in their bedrooms, yelling down the hall, Are you done with the tape in there?’ It’s not very Norman Rockwell at all.”
From Here and T here proprietor
lube Schubert said this has been a strong holiday for her business, which has been on Seguin Avenue just up the street and across from the post office for more than IO years.
“Sales have been very good — up from the past two years,” Schubert said.
Her store offers Ty stuffed animal toys, jewelry, hand-wrought crosses, candles, calendars and unique gifts too numerous to list.
“We carry unusual items and things you don’t find at Wal-Mart or Target,” she said. “We’re a specialty store.”
Next door, at Max's Haus, owner Norma Garvey reported similar sales.
“We have been unbelievably busy,” Garvey said. “I can’t imagine having a more blessed season. They’re buying everything.”
Linda Robertson was looking for a special gift, she said.
“I’m shopping for a very special person — my mother-in-law, Thelma Robertson. “I always come here to find something. These are really
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Churches offer special services
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Rusty Brandt. Sts. Peter and Paul Catholic Church parish manager, rests up for the church's five planned Christmas Masses.
By Scott Mahon
Although the shopping, wrapping, mailing and decorating are probably over, don’t forget the religious meaning of Christmas, which will be celebrated on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day.
Whether you’re Protestant, Catholic or nondenominational, there will be a service that suits your spiritual needs, from the traditional holy communion service to musical services with choirs and candlelight.
On Christmas Eve, Sts. Peter and Paul
Catholic Church, 386 North Castell Ave., will offer a children’s Mass at 5 p.m.; a youth Mass at 7 p.m. and a family Mass at midnight. Mass also will be conducted at 7 and 8 a.m. Christmas Day.
Pastor Msgr. Eugene O’Callaghan said the ambiance of the Children’s Mass was inspired by Jesus’ words — “Let the little children come to me for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.” “The children will be invited to come up to the altar and gather around the Christmas crib while I
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