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Jul 29, 2013 6:21 PM by Caroline Flores - cflores@kristv.com

Aransas County Jailer Arrested on Sex Charge

ROCKPORT - An Aransas County jailer has been fired and arrested after being accused of groping a female inmate. According to the criminal complaint, 6 News obtained, it happened more than once.

65 year old Paul Noel is charged with violation of civil rights of a person in custody, and improper sexual activity with a person in custody.

According to the criminal complaint against Noel, a female inmate in the Aransas County Detention Center said this happened while she was working in the kitchen under Noel's supervision. She told the investigator, "that Noel had groped her breasts and genitalia on more than one occasion."

The first time the investigator confronted Noel about these allegations, "Noel denied any criminal wrongdoing." But the second time the allegations were brought up he cracked. According to the criminal complaint, "Noel admitted that he had touched Jane Doe's, breasts over and under her clothing."

So 6 News tracked Noel down at his home to ask him what happened.

I told him, "I have the criminal complaint where you told an investigator that you groped one of the inmates breasts both above and under her clothing, why did you do that?" Noel said, "Uhh mutual consent. That's all I'm going to say. Thank you."

Noel was placed on leave as soon as the complaint was filed back in May. He was fired in early June and arrested on June 17th. He was released just a few days later after posting a $2,500 bond.

The District Clerk's office says his case could be presented to the Aransas County grand jury next month.

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