TEXAS LAW ALLOWS FORMER SEX OFFENDERS TO RUN FOR PUBLIC OFFICE
Simply because one is a convicted sex offender does not bar that person from serving in someTexas elected office. Former Skellytown Mayor Warren Andrew Mills, 73, pleaded guilty in 2007to two counts of indecency with a child. The two girls involved were 8 and 16 years old atthe time. He stepped down about a month later. Last week, Mills returned to publicoffice. He won 51 of 146 votes to become a Skellytown city council member.
Another Texas resident in 2008, registered sex offender James Brian Sliter, ran for mayor ofWilmer in Dallas. His run prompted death threats against the accountant and hisfriends. He pleaded guilty four years earlier to showing up to an Internet chat room stingwhere he thought he was going to meet a 15 year old girl, for which he received 10 years'probation. A week after announcing his mayoral bid, he dropped out of the race.