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The Kendall County Criminal District Attorney's Office is led by Criminal District Attorney Nicole Bishop and prosecutes all felony and misdemeanor offenses that occur within Kendall County, Texas.

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Nick Socias, Special Victims Prosecutor for the CDA’s office will be a participating panel member for BISD’s second inst...
09/16/2022

Nick Socias, Special Victims Prosecutor for the CDA’s office will be a participating panel member for BISD’s second installment in their Parent Education Speaker Series. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn vital information to protect our children.

09/11/2022
09/07/2022

❗️Boerne ISD will debut the Parent Education Speaker Series, which will feature informational sessions with guest speakers to discuss issues and potential dangers in our community.

The first event will take place tomorrow, September 7th from 6-7pm in the Boerne High School Auditorium, and will feature the topic, “One Pill Can Kill”. The discussion will highlight the dangers of counterfeit and illegal drugs containing fentanyl in Kendall County and our community.

The event is free of charge and all Boerne ISD parents are invited to attend. Students are welcome to attend with their parents as well.

Special Victim's prosecutor Nick Socias wrote an article that was published in The Texas Prosecutor, which is a publicat...
07/01/2022
Prosecuting a serial s*xual abuser | Texas District & County Attorneys Association

Special Victim's prosecutor Nick Socias wrote an article that was published in The Texas Prosecutor, which is a publication that is sent out monthly to all Texas prosecutor's from the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. It is an in depth account of his prosecution of child s*x offender Richard Dewhirst, and it gives the reader insight into what really goes into these kinds of cases.

https://www.tdcaa.com/journal/prosecuting-a-serial-s*xual-abuser/

By Nick Socias Special Victims Prosecutor in Kendall County On the evening of September 29, 2019, Richard Jay Dew-hirst, a 52-year-old Army veteran, put a gun to his head in a parking lot.

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Photos from Boerne Police Department's post
04/15/2022

Photos from Boerne Police Department's post

04/01/2022
03/31/2022

Congratulations to the women who completed the inaugural Prepped for Life course at the Kendall County Jail. Thank you Sheriff Al Auxier and Lieutenant Robert Green for providing this empowering opportunity for the women to learn Life Skills and Behavior Management. Prepped for Life is a training program of Christian Job Corps of Kendall County. Read the full article in the Hill County Weekly athttps://www.cjcboerne.org/wp-content/uploads/2022/03/3.24.22-HCWeekly-article.pdf

The third grade classes from Herff Elementary toured our historic Kendall County Courthouse and Jail today. DA Nicole Bi...
03/08/2022

The third grade classes from Herff Elementary toured our historic Kendall County Courthouse and Jail today. DA Nicole Bishop, Sheriff Al Auxier, District Judge Kirsten Cohoon, Constable Todd Setliff, JP Judge Michelle Van Stavern, JP Clerk Stephanie Rust, Bailiff Donnie Blanz, Paul Barwick, Dean Sprowl, Judge Darrel Lux, Officer Doug Meuth, and the dedicated teachers and parents all helped to make it a special tour. The kids were wonderful. Thank you to all involved!!

Congratulations and thank you to First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Katherine McDaniel for 5 years of service to...
01/25/2022

Congratulations and thank you to First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Katherine McDaniel for 5 years of service to Kendall County and 25 years as a Texas prosecutor upholding the rule of law. Katherine’s knowledge, experience, and dedication to the safety and protection of this community is an asset to Kendall County.

Remembering the contributions of a great man of God on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
01/17/2022

Remembering the contributions of a great man of God on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.

Photos from San Antonio Police Department's post
12/21/2021

Photos from San Antonio Police Department's post

12/21/2021

We need the public’s assistance in finding Lina Sadar Khil, 3 YOA. Lina was last seen today between 4-5 pm at 9400 Blk of Fredericksburg Rd. If you have seen her or know who she is with, please call SAPD Missing Person’s Unit at 210-207-7660.

Last seen wearing red dress, black jacket and black shoes.

Trial Bureau - Special Victims DivisionPRESS RELEASE: December 6, 2021STATE OF TEXAS VS. JOSE DEMAZO ORTIZ, JR. On Tuesd...
12/06/2021

Trial Bureau - Special Victims Division
PRESS RELEASE: December 6, 2021
STATE OF TEXAS VS. JOSE DEMAZO ORTIZ, JR.

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in the 451st District Court, a jury convicted Jose Demazo Ortiz, Jr. of Assault against a Family Member, a class A misdemeanor. The Defendant elected to be punished by the judge. He was sentenced to the maximum term of confinement- 1 year, but probated for the maximum term- 2 years. In those 2 years, he will have to perform 100 hours of community service, have no contact with the victim or her family, and attend weekly Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) classes for 6 months. His next family violence offense will be an automatic felony.

On September 14, 2019, the victim’s daughter called 911 to report a disturbance. When police arrived, the Defendant had already left the home. Officers documented the crime scene and took statements from the victim and daughter.

During trial, the victim testified that she heard another woman in the bedroom with her husband, the Defendant. She tried to record the Defendant with her phone but could not get it to work. When the Defendant saw this, he grabbed her wrist with one of his hands and her other arm with his other hand. He violently shook and squeezed the victim with his hand to try and get her to drop the phone. Eventually, he left the residence. The victim asked Justice of the Peace Leon Brimhall for an Emergency Protective Order, which he denied.

Although the officers described seeing redness to the victim’s arms, they stated it was not an injury easily photographed. The State called character witnesses to support the victim after her character for truthfulness was attacked. Both witnesses agreed that the victim was an honest and truthful person. The Defendant called the girl that was in the bedroom with him and she stated she did not see anything happen. The Defense argued that because she was not a US citizen, she was making all this up to help get citizenship. The State argued that there was not a shred of evidence to support that accusation because it simply is false.

Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias: “I am very proud of this jury for following the law. They did not fall for any of the red herrings we see defense use in these cases. The victim testified while facing her abuser and 6 jurors, while recounting a traumatic and humiliating time in her life, all while being vigorously cross-examined and called a liar. We are thankful that the jurors hear this victim and did what was just. Hopefully, this puts an end to the Defendant’s violence against women.”

District Attorney Nicole Bishop: “Abusers often find victims who are in difficult situations in life such as lack of citizenship. The abuser believes that the victim will hesitate to seek help because of this. Often times they are right. Luckily this brave woman reached out and followed through with the prosecution. "

11/16/2021

Thank you to the staff of The Kendall and Bill Bird for providing such a wonderful meeting place for our State Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety for their regional meeting today. CDA Nicole Bishop, First Assistant CDA Katherine McDaniel, and Sheriff Al Auxier also attended.

The way this community supports our law enforcement is truly remarkable. Thank you.

Congratulations to the most recent graduates from the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Citizen’s Academy ...
11/15/2021

Congratulations to the most recent graduates from the Kendall County Sheriff’s Office Law Enforcement Citizen’s Academy and a special congratulations to our very own Donna Sharp for completing the academy.

First Assistant Katherine McDaniel and Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias spoke to the Kendall County Citizens Law E...
11/13/2021

First Assistant Katherine McDaniel and Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias spoke to the Kendall County Citizens Law Enforcement academy. Socias focused on internet crimes against children and child abuse. McDaniel focused on the rise of drugs and fentanyl in our community.

11/12/2021
Trial Bureau - Special Victims DivisionPRESS RELEASE: November 3, 2021STATE OF TEXAS VS. RICHARD JAY DEWHIRSTOn August 3...
11/03/2021

Trial Bureau - Special Victims Division
PRESS RELEASE: November 3, 2021
STATE OF TEXAS VS. RICHARD JAY DEWHIRST

On August 30, 2021, the Defendant, Richard Jay Dewhirst, pleaded guilty in the 451st District Court to the offense of Continuous Sexual Abuse of a Child or Children. In exchange for pleading guilty, the State dismissed and took into consideration the offenses of Indecency with a Child, Aggravated Assault with a Deadly Weapon, and Violation of a Protective Order. The charges stem from years of s*xual abuse by the Defendant against his stepdaughters. A search warrant was executed at the Defendant’s home and cameras were found hidden inside, including a camera in the air vent above his step-daughter’s bed.

On November 1st, 2021, the State, represented by Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias, presented evidence of foster children who were victims of the Defendant over 20 years ago. One of the foster children, now an adult, testified at the punishment hearing about how the abuse impacted her life. The two step-daughters also testified to what it was like living with the s*xual abuse and the struggle of daily life with the offender around.

The punishment range for this crime is a minimum of 25 years in prison and up to life in prison, with no possibility of parole. The attorney for the Defendant argued that since he was a veteran with PTSD, he should be given some leniency. Assistant District Attorney Socias argued that this was a monster who took in already abused and at-risk teenage girls under the guise of being a foster home just to s*xually gratify himself. Socias continued that the defendant became bolder and moved on to s*xually abusing his stepdaughters for years, driving them to the point of wanting to commit su***de to get out. “For all the victims of this defendant whose life he ruined”, argued Socias, “life is the only appropriate sentence.” Judge Kirsten B. Cohoon sentenced the Defendant to 50 years in prison. Kendall County Probation Officer Mario Paredes recommended the minimum of 25 years to 30 years in prison.

The Kendall County Sheriff’s Office worked closely with the Kendall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office Special Victims Unit in investigating this case. Forensic analysts reviewed hidden camera and computer data to see exactly what the defendant’s intentions were. Kids’ Advocacy Place, a local non-profit children’s assessment center, provided forensic interviews for the children involved. Hill County Crisis Council, another local non-profit, provided free counseling to all the victims of the Defendant.

This plea resolves charges against known victims but does not preclude prosecution on behalf of any unknown victims. The Kendall County Criminal District Attorney’s Office asks anyone who Richard Jay Dewhirst has victimized to contact law enforcement.

Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias: “The victims of this monster finally have some closure and some form of justice for what they endured. For decades this person used his position of trust and power to s*xually exploit children. He acted in the most horrific ways that we can imagine on children that looked up to and trusted him. Everyone is thankful that he is in a place where he cannot victimize children anymore. I am truly proud of the strength all these survivors showed in standing up to him.”

Nicole Bishop, Criminal District Attorney: “There is a continued effort in Austin to change our parole laws. Most recently, a House bill was brought forward to award additional credit to violent offenders in prison. Unfortunately, we cannot be guaranteed that a sentence today will have the same applicable parole laws tomorrow. In this case, where multiple children, including foster children and step-children, were abused over the course of over two decades, a life sentence is the only way we can honestly tell the victims and society that this man will always be incarcerated or under parole supervision."

Criminal District Attorney Nicole Bishop was excited to speak to our local Comfort High School and Middle School student...
10/29/2021

Criminal District Attorney Nicole Bishop was excited to speak to our local Comfort High School and Middle School students on Thursday about the dangers of drugs. This includes the recent and surging epidemic of counterfeit prescription pills containing fentanyl that has caused children to become seriously ill or die. The District Attorney’s Office remains a partner and advocate for a drug-free community.

DA Bishop was also there to root on the Comfort Bobcats for their football game against Blanco.

In Kendall County, we are so fortunate to have the incredible talent and dedication of Nick Socias serving the most vuln...
10/08/2021

In Kendall County, we are so fortunate to have the incredible talent and dedication of Nick Socias serving the most vulnerable in our community. Nick has devoted his career to prosecuting those who victimize our children. Thank you Nick!

We have a new Warrior for KAP! This is Nick Socias and he has joined our fight to end child s*xual abuse in our community. We are thankful for the support and look forward to working with and getting to know our Warriors!

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Nick Socias, Special Victims Prosecutor for the CDA’s office will be a participating panel member for BISD’s second installment in their Parent Education Speaker Series. This is a great opportunity for parents to learn vital information to protect our children.
Special Victim's prosecutor Nick Socias wrote an article that was published in The Texas Prosecutor, which is a publication that is sent out monthly to all Texas prosecutor's from the Texas District & County Attorneys Association. It is an in depth account of his prosecution of child s*x offender Richard Dewhirst, and it gives the reader insight into what really goes into these kinds of cases.

https://www.tdcaa.com/journal/prosecuting-a-serial-s*xual-abuser/
The third grade classes from Herff Elementary toured our historic Kendall County Courthouse and Jail today. DA Nicole Bishop, Sheriff Al Auxier, District Judge Kirsten Cohoon, Constable Todd Setliff, JP Judge Michelle Van Stavern, JP Clerk Stephanie Rust, Bailiff Donnie Blanz, Paul Barwick, Dean Sprowl, Judge Darrel Lux, Officer Doug Meuth, and the dedicated teachers and parents all helped to make it a special tour. The kids were wonderful. Thank you to all involved!!
Congratulations and thank you to First Assistant Criminal District Attorney Katherine McDaniel for 5 years of service to Kendall County and 25 years as a Texas prosecutor upholding the rule of law. Katherine’s knowledge, experience, and dedication to the safety and protection of this community is an asset to Kendall County.
Remembering the contributions of a great man of God on this Martin Luther King, Jr. Day.
Trial Bureau - Special Victims Division
PRESS RELEASE: December 6, 2021
STATE OF TEXAS VS. JOSE DEMAZO ORTIZ, JR.

On Tuesday, November 30, 2021, in the 451st District Court, a jury convicted Jose Demazo Ortiz, Jr. of Assault against a Family Member, a class A misdemeanor. The Defendant elected to be punished by the judge. He was sentenced to the maximum term of confinement- 1 year, but probated for the maximum term- 2 years. In those 2 years, he will have to perform 100 hours of community service, have no contact with the victim or her family, and attend weekly Battering Intervention and Prevention Program (BIPP) classes for 6 months. His next family violence offense will be an automatic felony.

On September 14, 2019, the victim’s daughter called 911 to report a disturbance. When police arrived, the Defendant had already left the home. Officers documented the crime scene and took statements from the victim and daughter.

During trial, the victim testified that she heard another woman in the bedroom with her husband, the Defendant. She tried to record the Defendant with her phone but could not get it to work. When the Defendant saw this, he grabbed her wrist with one of his hands and her other arm with his other hand. He violently shook and squeezed the victim with his hand to try and get her to drop the phone. Eventually, he left the residence. The victim asked Justice of the Peace Leon Brimhall for an Emergency Protective Order, which he denied.

Although the officers described seeing redness to the victim’s arms, they stated it was not an injury easily photographed. The State called character witnesses to support the victim after her character for truthfulness was attacked. Both witnesses agreed that the victim was an honest and truthful person. The Defendant called the girl that was in the bedroom with him and she stated she did not see anything happen. The Defense argued that because she was not a US citizen, she was making all this up to help get citizenship. The State argued that there was not a shred of evidence to support that accusation because it simply is false.

Special Victims Prosecutor Nick Socias: “I am very proud of this jury for following the law. They did not fall for any of the red herrings we see defense use in these cases. The victim testified while facing her abuser and 6 jurors, while recounting a traumatic and humiliating time in her life, all while being vigorously cross-examined and called a liar. We are thankful that the jurors hear this victim and did what was just. Hopefully, this puts an end to the Defendant’s violence against women.”

District Attorney Nicole Bishop: “Abusers often find victims who are in difficult situations in life such as lack of citizenship. The abuser believes that the victim will hesitate to seek help because of this. Often times they are right. Luckily this brave woman reached out and followed through with the prosecution. "
Thank you to the staff of The Kendall and Bill Bird for providing such a wonderful meeting place for our State Troopers with the Texas Department of Public Safety for their regional meeting today. CDA Nicole Bishop, First Assistant CDA Katherine McDaniel, and Sheriff Al Auxier also attended.

The way this community supports our law enforcement is truly remarkable. Thank you.
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