659-6583                 659-6586
DATE:  June 22, 2018
DEFENDANT:  State v. Brian William Cascadden           DOB: 7/23/66
ORIGINAL CHARGE: Indecency with a Child (2 Counts)
RANGE OF PUNISHMENT:  2-20 years Texas Department of Criminal Justice-
Institutional Division.
JUDGE: Jay Weatherby
PROSECUTOR(S):  Ashley Knight, Asst. Dist. Atty; Meagan Wyatt, Asst. Dist. Atty.
CIRCUMSTANCES OF OFFENSE:  In the early morning hours on July 15, 2016, a 13 year old girl made an outcry that the defendant had touched multiple times on her genitals and her breast while she was trying to sleep the previous night.  Law enforcement was called out and an investigation began.  The victim was interviewed at Hope House and two sergeant investigators with the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office interviewed the defendant.    
A jury trial began on June 18, 2018, with 340th District Judge Jay Weatherby presiding.    After hearing the testimony and reviewing the evidence, the jury deliberated for approximately two and a half hours before finding the defendant guilty of both counts of indecency with a child.  The defendant elected to have the jury assess punishment.  
During the punishment phase of the trial the State called the victim and a probation officer as witnesses.  The defense called two witnesses to testify on the defendant’s behalf.  After hearing the evidence, the jury sentenced the defendant to 10 years confinement in the penitentiary and assessed a $5,000 fine on each count.  Those sentences will run concurrent.    
Comment:  We want to thank the jury for their careful consideration in this case.  We also want to thank everyone from the Tom Green County Sheriff’s Office who participated in this investigation. We applaud the young lady who had the strength and courage to take the stand and confront her perpetrator.  We hope that this verdict will help her in the healing process and she can move forward from this awful period in her life.  Prosecuting crimes against children involves a team effort. Our office remains
committed to working closely with the victims in these cases, evaluating each case based upon the evidence and law, and seeking justice for our children and our community.