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Jul 17, 2013 6:30 PM by Andrew Ellison - aellison@kristv.com

Wally Alanis' Widow Talks About Sex Assault Allegations

ORANGE GROVE - It's been nearly a month since former Jim Wells County Commissioner Wally Alanis died. Now his widow wants to set the record straight about sex assault allegations once under investigation by the Texas Rangers.

At the time of his death, Alanis was being treated at a nursing home in Mathis for injuries from his attempted suicide last year.

His widow, Mary, says the allegations he sexually assaulted his granddaughter are true.

She says it all started a few days before the attempted suicide, when she went to the hospital with chest pains. She was forced to leave her husband alone with their granddaughter for three days.

Mary Alanis says her granddaughter told her she was molested her every night. This is what she says Alanis told their granddaughter. "You want to start dating... I need to show you what the boy is going to expect from you," Mary Alanis says.

When Mary Alanis returned the hospital, she says her granddaughter told her what happened. "If you only knew how my whole body felt like jello," Mary Alanis says.

She says she confronted her husband. Ashamed of what he did, he went into the bedroom and shot himself.

Now, Mary says she and her granddaughter are going to counseling together to help heal from what happened. She says they're doing everything they can to move on.

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