On January 23, a Montgomery County jury found Bradton Dewayne Carter guilty of the felony offense of Violation of Civil Commitment and assessed his punishment at 30 years in the Texas Department of Criminal Justice – Institutional Division. The trial took place in the 435th District Court, Judge Michael T. Seiler presiding.
Under the Texas Health and Safety Code, a person is eligible for civil committed if they have at least two prior convictions for violent sex offenses and pose a significant danger to the community if released from prison. Once civilly committed, the person, labeled a “Sexually Violent Predator,” is sent to a facility and given limited access to the public. The Sexually Violent Predator is required to abide by many rules and regulations while living at the sex offender facility. Any violation of these rules is a crime, specifically a 3rd Degree Felony offense called “Violation of Civil Commitment.”
In this case, Carter had two prior felony convictions for “Attempted Sexual Assault” and “Indecency with a Child” and was therefore civilly committed in 2009. While in civil commitment, Carter failed to follow the rules and regulations placed upon him by the facility. Specifically, Carter physically and verbally assaulted a facility employee, failed to attend the required sex offender meetings, failed to give notice that he was leaving the facility, failed to operate his ankle GPS device properly. As a result, Carter was charged with Violation of Civil Commitment.
After hearing the evidence at trial, the jury found Carter guilty of the charged offense – Violation of Civil Commitment. During the punishment phase, Prosecutors introduced evidence to the jury showing that he had two prior prison trips as well as many other offenses. This increased his range of punishment from 2 to 10 years in prison to a minimum 25 years up to 99 years or Life in prison. After the punishment phase was concluded, the jury assessed his punishment at 30 years in prison.
Brett Hobbs, the trial prosecutor said, “Bradton Carter is clearly one of the worst of the worst – a violent sex offender who cannot follow the simple rules of civil commitment. Montgomery County is a safer place with Carter in prison and that is exactly where he is headed.”