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Small-town publisher says sex charges are retribution

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Photo courtesy of WFAA.com: Joey Dauben was interviewed by WFAA reporter Byron Harris while sitting in Navarro County jail. The story originally aired on the 6 p.m. newscast on Dallas ABC affilate WFFA- Channel 8. Photo courtesy of WFAA.com: Joey Dauben was interviewed by WFAA reporter Byron Harris while sitting in Navarro County jail. The story originally aired on the 6 p.m. newscast on Dallas ABC affilate WFFA- Channel 8.

BYRON HARRIS
WFAA Reporter

Navarro County - Joey Dauben, 30, is no shrinking violet.

He has a blog, a radio show, and involvement in several small-town newspapers. He’s also been vocal in criticizing rural police and small town justice.

Now he’s in jail for the alleged sexual assault of a 15-year-old boy four years ago.

In an exclusive interview with News 8 at the Navarro County Jail in Corsicana, Dauben said the charges are about retribution.

“I believe this is just another attempt — the tenth attempt — to stop freedom of the press,” he said.

Freedom of the Press is actually the name of Dauben’s small media company, but he also perceives himself to be a crusader for press freedom.

“We have devoted eight of 11 years to exposing what is going on in CPS cases, what is going on in local law enforcement,” he said.

It is difficult to find evidence of stories Dauben did on CPS and local law enforcement when he was still in his teens. Lately, he has been doing stories on child sexual abuse.

Ironic then, that Dauben was arraigned last week for the alleged sexual assault of a boy in 2007, when the alleged victim was 15. Dauben said if he were guilty, why would the charges have taken four years to surface?

He said he questioned law enforcement about the charges.  “I said, ‘That’s completely false. That’s completely false,’ and I asked, ‘Why are you doing this?’”

Although Dauben appeared before a judge for his arraignment, he’s said he’s never seen the indictment that put him in jail last week.

“I don’t know what the details are in the indictment, other than these are big allegations and come with a big bail bond attached to them,” he said.

Dauben’s bond has been set at $20,000. His inability to raise bond is why he’s still in jail.

He also said he has no money for an attorney and is waiting for the court to appoint one.


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