TX City Councilman Charged With
Child Sexual Abuse
DAISETTA, Texas – A well-known city councilman is locked up inside the Liberty County jail and charged with one count of sex abuse of a child.
“I trusted him. I trusted the wrong person, obviously,”
Dennie Howell, 57, was indicted and turned himself in to the authorities on Feb. 23. He is currently being held without bond.
“You would never suspect somebody like that…”
Detectives in the case tell Channel 2, a 14-year-old girl came forward and said Howell molested her. Police began their investigation several months ago. Recently three more girls, all under the age of 13, came forward and made similar allegations. Police are continuing to investigate and more charges could come.
“He’s always been friendly with the kids.”
“I trusted him. I trusted the wrong person, obviously,” said one of the girls’ mother’s. She spoke exclusively to Channel 2, and her identity is not being released to protect her daughter.
“He had her convinced that nobody would believe her and that she would be the one that would be in trouble.”
The girl’s mother said her daughter is 12, and the alleged abuse was happening for about two years. Her daughter got the courage to come forward after she heard Howell had been arrested.
The mother told Channel 2 their families had known each other for many years, and they were very close friends. The alleged abuse was happening at Howell’s Daisetta home.
“It’s shocking,” said Huey Palmer, who has known the Howell family for more than two decades.
Everyone in town knows Howell because of his work with the city, and a lot of people are surprised about the allegations.
“You would never suspect somebody like that,” said Jimmie Dee. “He’s always been friendly with the kids.”