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2011-02-17

Suspected pedophile indicted

By Judith Pannebaker BCC Editor

A suspected pedophile was recently true billed by the Bandera County Grand Jury for continuous sexual abuse of a child under the age of 14 years.
After the indictment was handed down on Monday, Jan. 24, Bandera County Sheriff's Office Deputy Kasey Young arrested Isaac Henry Eckstein, 39, a resident of the Castle Lake area on Jan. 26. However, Eckstein was released from the Bandera County Jail two days later on a $75,000 surety bond.
The bond came with sex offender conditions, which means he must abide by all rules and regulations covering registered sex offenders in the State of Texas. "The conditions are similar to a court-ordered restraining order," Chief Deputy Richard Smith explained. "Mr. Eckstein cannot be around children nor can he get within certain feet of children. If he violates the conditions of his bond, he will go back to jail."
A pre-trial hearing on the felony charge against Eckstein has been set for 9 am, Thursday, March 3, in the 216th District Court on Highway 173 North. Kerrville Attorney Stewart Davis of the Davis Law Firm is serving as Eckstein's defense attorney.
A school counselor brought the alleged crime to the attention of county law enforcement officers on Sept. 28, 2010. Apparently, the minor child had confided the alleged on-going sexual assaults to a friend who, in turn, relayed the information to the counselor. According to reports, the sexual abuse had purportedly taking place on for two and a half years.
The minor girl was immediately taken to Kerrville where she was interviewed by a representative of CASA - Court Appointed Special Advocate. A law enforcement report was taken and a warrant issued for Eckstein's arrest.
On Sept. 30, 2010, Deputies Stephen Anthony and Michael Dyall arrested Eckstein for felony aggravated sexual assault of a child. His original bond was set at $25,000, which, due to the intervention of BCSO Investigator Mike Bolton, was determined to be "inadequate for the indictment." Eckstein was later released on a $50,000 bond. Precinct 4 Justice of the Peace Lynn Holt had apparently set both bonds.