Litigation arising from the actions of former Brownwood police Sgt. Vince Ariaz is not over.
The former Brownwood Police Explorer who was named as a sexual assault victim in the Ariaz case has filed a federal lawsuit against law enforcement officials and District Attorney Micheal Murray claiming her civil rights were violated.
Details of the lawsuit were not immediately available. The website justia.com indicated that the plaintiff filed the lawsuit on Aug. 19 in the San Angelo office of Texas Northern District Court.
In addition to Murray, other defendants named in the lawsuit are Sheriff Bobby Grubbs, Texas Ranger Nick Hanna and Department of Public Safety Lt. Robert Bullock.
Ariaz, the former head adviser of the now-dissolved Brownwood Explorer Post 1150, was arrested in July 2007 on allegations that Ariaz had sexual contact with two teenage female Explorer members. Ariaz was arrested after an investigation by multiple agencies including the sheriff's office, Brownwood police and the Texas Rangers.
In a plea bargain, Ariaz pleaded guilty in 35th District Court to two counts of sexual assault of a child and no contest to one count of indecency. He was sentenced to three concurrent 20-year prison terms. Murray was the prosecutor in the case.
In November 2008, the family of the plaintiff in the current lawsuit filed a federal suit against multiple defendants including the City of Brownwood seeking monetary damages from Ariaz‘s actions. The lawsuit was settled in February 2010 for $300,000.
Insurance carriers for the city and the Boy Scouts of America, the Explorers' parent organization, were to split paying the settlement, City Manager Bobby Rountree said when the lawsuit was settled. He said the city's insurance - the Texas Municipal League's Intergovernmental Risk Pool - would pay all but a $1,000 deductible on behalf of the city, and Liberty Mutual would pay on behalf of the Boy Scouts.
That lawsuit claimed that Ariaz was allowed to prey sexually on teenage girls in the Explorer post.