Child Protective Services worker placed on probation
by PHILLIP WILLIAMS
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A Child Protective Services investigator who admitted filing a false report of child abuse or negligent supervision has been placed on probation and forced to resign her job, Upshur County District AttorneyBilly Byrd said Thursday.

Mona Louise Nolen pled guilty Nov. 20 to “child abuse/neglect—false report with intent (to deceive),” and was sentenced to five years “deferred adjudiation” probation by 115th District Judge Lauren Parish, Byrd said.

Deferred adjudication means no permanent conviction appears on Ms. Nolen’s record if she successfully completes probation, but the 45-year-old Pittsburg resident could be sentenced to the maximum term for her offense if such probation is revoked, the prosecutor said.

The Texas Health and Human Services Commission’s Office of Inspector General State Investigations Unit in Austin probed the case, said Byrd.

The Oct. 6, 2011 crime stemmed from “a personal issue that she (Nolen) had with the person she accused. That personal animosity and anger led to her filing false reports to the CPS hotline” in a phone call, the District Attorney said.

Authorities determined Ms. Nolen was the person who made the call, and “she was fired from CPS (forced to resign). They did their own internal investigation. . . and then we picked up the case for criminal prosecution,” Byrd said.

Nobody lost custody of their children as a result of the false charges, he added.

Some terms of Ms. Nolan’s probation include a $1,500 fine, 400 hours of community service, taking “anger management,” and an alcohol/drug evaluation, Byrd’s office said.

Assistant District Attorney Natalie Miller represented the state in the sentencing. Gilmer attorney Joe Newsom represented Ms. Nolen.

Ms. Nolen was among eight persons Judge Parish sentenced on felony charges between Nov. 20 and 26, Byrd’s office said last Wednesday.

Details of the Nov. 20 sentencings were as follows, the office reported:

Terry Lynn Hutto, 51, of Gladewater, drew six months in state jail after he pled guilty to unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Ore City police investigated the March 22 offense. Ms. Miller represented the state at sentencing, while Gilmer attorney Matthew Patton represented Hutto.

Richard Christensen Wright, 46, of Quitman, received 16 months in state jail upon pleading guilty to theft of property of the value of $1,500 or more but less than $20,000.

Byrd’s office investigated the June 9, 2010 crime. He represented the state in the case; Patton represented Wright.

Michael Odom, 21, of Longview, received 20 months in state jail when his probation for endangering a child was revoked. Odom admitted violating terms of probation for the April 6, 2009 offense, which the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office investigated.

Ms. Miller represented the state. Gilmer attorney Dwight Brannon represented Odom.

Richard Wayne Jones, 47, of Sulphur Springs, drew six years in prison for driving while intoxicated—subsequent offense when his probation on that charge was revoked.

Jones admitted violating terms of probation for his Aug. 7, 2010 crime, which the Texas Department of Public Safety probed.

Byrd represented the state at sentencing. Gilmer attorney Tim Cone represented Jones.

Jason Jones, 33, of Gilmer, received 15 months in state jail for delivery of a controlled substance—cocaine after his probation on that charge was revoked.

Jones admitted violating terms of probation for the May 8, 2009 offense, a case which the Upshur County Drug Task Force worked. Ms. Miller and Brannon handled the sentencing.

Timothy Whitman Duvall, Jr., 29, of Gilmer, was placed on five years deferred adjudication probation upon pleading guilty to burglary of a habitation. The Sheriff’s Office investigated the Feb. 15 offense.

Some of Duvall’s numerous terms of probation include a $500 fine, $250 restitution to the victim, 300 hours of community service, and no contact with the victim.

Byrd and Patton handled the sentencing.

Kenny Andrew Wright, 43, of Gilmer, was placed on seven years regular probation of a 10-year prison term Nov. 26 upon pleading guilty to driving while intoxicated— subsequent offense, Byrd said.

The Sheriff’s Office probed the May 13, 2010 offense. Some terms of Wright’s probation include a $1,000 fine, 400 hours of community service, and attending a school for DWI repeat offenders.

Ms. Miller represented the state in the case. Longview attorney Clement Dunn represented Wright.
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