FROM STAFF REPORTS
HORSESHOE BAY — A 67-year-old man faces up to 10 years in prison for allegedly plying two 16-year-old girls with alcoholic beverages, making sexual comments and trying to coax them to take a trip with him, according to Horseshoe Bay police.
Police arrested Stephen L. Sanders at his residence on Aug. 7 and charged him with enticing a child, a third-degree felony, and a providing alcoholic beverages to a minor, a class A misdemeanor.
“The females reported that they had been employed by him to clean his house, and while they were there, he had provided them with alcoholic beverages and made some inappropriate suggestive comments of a sexual nature,” Assistant Chief Rocky Wardlow said.
The girls are not related to Sanders and first made the accusations to their parents, who contacted police.
Sanders has been teaching at Central Texas College in Marble Falls and formerly taught in the Marble Falls Independent School District.
Under the Texas Penal Code, a possible conviction on the enticement charge would be punishable by two to 10 years in prison or with probation.
“It’s because of their age being under the age of 18 and trying to talk them into going on a trip out of the area without the knowledge and consent of the parents,” Wardlow said about the charges.
Sanders was taken to the Llano County Jail. He was released on Aug. 8 on surety bonds totaling $11,500.