Waddell to stay on Albany council until May after indecency plea


ALBANY, Texas - Albany City Councilman Kidd Thomas Waddell, who pleaded guilty Monday to indecency with a child by contact, will not be removed from the council due to the plea.

However, he won't take part in any more meetings before he is replaced when his term ends in May.

Waddell's plea included 10 years of deferred adjudication, meaning he won't be technically convicted if he avoids other criminal charges for the probation period. Albany Mayor Rodney Alexander told KTXS the city couldn't remove him without taking a case to district court.

Alexander said he wasn't made aware of the plea until late Monday night. He then met with City Attorney William Chesser to figure out the best course of action.

With the upcoming election on May 6, Alexander and the other council members decided it best to postpone the next council meeting, originally set for May 8, until May 15. The newly elected council members will be sworn in on May 12.

One candidate is running unopposed for Waddell's seat.

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Albany City Councilman Kidd Thomas Waddell pleaded guilty to indecency with a child by contact Monday, according to the 259th District Attorney's Office.

That charge was downgraded from Waddell's original charge, which was aggravated sexual assault of a child. Court documents said the offenses happened in November 2015 and the victim was five years old.

Waddell received 10 years of probation for the second-degree felony and will have to register as a sex offender.

A statement from Waddell's lawyer issued in April 2016 said "Mr. Waddell looks forward to having his day in court so the real truth about these matters can come to light."

KTXS has reached out to the city of Albany for information on Waddell's status as a city councilman. We will update this article when we learn more.

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