An Erath County grand jury has indicted 15 individuals including one man on seven counts of possession or promoting child pornography; one on indecency with a child by contact; and another for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon.

Timothy Travis Simon, 33, former youth minister at the Graham Street Church of Christ, has been indicted on seven counts of possession or promoting child pornography; all second degree felonies.

The District Attorney’s Office released the six warrant affidavits revealing details about the case in November 2017.


“A forensic extraction was performed on Simon’s cell phone,” the affidavit states. “(Officers) discovered several images of child pornography that were located on Simon’s cell phone. One of the images found on Simon’s cell phone shows what appears to be two boys between the ages of 10 and 14 years of age.”


Simon is accused of not only having the images on his phone, but sending the images, which were sexual in nature, to an individual through WhatsApp on his cell phone.

Simon is being held in the Erath County Jail on a combined bond of $1.2 million.

Walter Wood, 63, the former director of finance for the city of Stephenville, has been indicted for indecency with a child by contact; a second degree felony.

According to the arrest affidavit, a woman came into the Stephenville Police Department on Sept. 28, 2017 to report that 10 years ago Wood “climbed in to her bed, reached up under her shirt and began fondling her breast.”

She was 12 years old at the time.


Wood was brought to the Stephenville Police Department on Oct. 4 for an interview and reportedly confessed to the act.


Wood was the city’s director of finance and administration for nine years. He retired in January 2017 and ran for city council in May, but lost to Rhett Harrison.

Shawn Patrick Layton, 26, has been indicted for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; two state jail felonies.

Layton is accused of shooting 19-year-old Tarleton State University student Jamie Richards in the face in December 2017 at the Oak Tree Apartments. Richards was left paralyzed from the shoulders down.

According to the arrest affidavit, Richards was able to tell investigators that when she opened the door to her apartment, a man shot her in the head. 
In a subsequent interview she told investigators the suspect was wearing black clothing and a black, shiny mask. 


Investigators eventually determined the shooting was a case of mistaken identity. 
A fellow resident of the apartment complex, Jeremy Lau, told police that he was a marijuana dealer and believed that he had been the intended victim.

Layton is being held in the Erath County Jail on a combined bond of $800,000.

Others indicted include:

Anthony Lee Bouldin, 38, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.

Chance Rick Carver, 28, for criminal mischief, $2,500 or more but less than $30,000; a state jail felony.

Michelle Leigh Collins for failure to comply with registration requirements; a third degree felony.

Joseph Rober Ellis, Jr., 62, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, one gram or more but less than four grams; a third degree felony.

Daniel Joel Garcia, 35, for sexual assault of a child; a second degree felony.

Joseph Perry Madruga, 41, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, one gram or more but less than four grams; a third degree felony.

Jamorian D’Shewan Newman, 22, for possession of marijuana, 50 pounds or less, but more than five pounds; a third degree felony.

Celestino Sanchez, Jr., 46, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.

James Nathan Secrest, 19, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.

Amber Denise Talamantez, 32, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.

Jessica Renae White, 19, for possession of a substance in penalty group one, less than one gram; a state jail felony.

Robert George Woodling, 32, for indecency with a child by contact; a second degree felony.