Thursday, March 12, 2020

#TXLEGE: (Ex-Senator) Carona's kid Arrested for Child Sexual Assault

"Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, 'Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,' says the Lord."
Romans 12:19

Via D Magazine:
On Tuesday, our sister publication Preston Hollow People broke the news that Kristin and Jeffrey Carona had been arrested in January on two counts of child sexual assault. Jeffrey also faces one count of possession of child pornography. He, of course, is the son of one of the most prominent people in town, a man who has appeared on the cover of D Magazine. That would be former state senator John Carona.

The news is gross and bizarre and shocking. It’s also, after two days, not anywhere else but in Preston Hollow People. Turns out that the best time for news to leak out that you’ve been busted for child sexual assault and child porn is during the early stages of a pandemic.
Jeffrey Carona, in case you've forgotten, is also this guy:
Four years ago Dallas businessman Wallace Hall, a member of the University of Texas System Board of Regents, uncovered evidence, confirmed in a later third-party investigation, of deep-rooted admissions cheating at UT Austin and the UT law school.


Reporter Jon Cassidy of developed a database of UT law grads in 2006-13 who failed the bar exam in multiple tries and came up with the following interesting detail:

“Of nearly 2,700 UT Law grads,” Cassidy reported, “just 197 needed to retake the test. I found 90 who failed it twice. And I found 29 who failed it three times or more.

That last group of 29 included Zaffirini’s son Carlos, as well as Jeffrey Carona, son of Republican state Sen. John Carona, and Ryan Pitts, son of Rep. Jim Pitts, the House Appropriations Committee chairman. It also included these five: a lobbyist who’d worked for House Speaker Joe Straus, a legislative director, the former chief of staff for a congressman, the son of a major Zaffirini donor and state Rep. Eddie Rodriguez.”
Pretty crazy.

Obviously, right now these are still allegations.   Nothing has been proved.  And knowledge is limited to reports in a couple of hyperlocal sources.

We're nervous about publishing allegations like this this early in the process.  But part of this website's DNA is to amplify stories that aren't getting sufficient coverage.  This can't get buried in this so-called "Coronavirus" nonsense (although you do have to love the irony of the overlapping names...even if they're spelled differently).

[Note: Maybe, just maybe, the Dallas Morning News and the Texas Tribune ought to cover this story.]

Furthermore, for the DA in Dallas county to pursue formal charges on something like this against someone from this prominent of a local family speaks volumes.

That being said, for charges like this to follow on the heels of Jeffrey and John Carona's known involvement in the UT admissions scandals of five years ago suggests a level of entitlement often seen in political circles.

Nevertheless, one still hopes that somehow, someway, this is a gigantic misunderstanding.ex
Bottom Line: Yikes.

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