Poteet City Council removes indicted mayor
Sara Inés Calderón - Express-News
The issue of a permanent replacement will be taken up at the council's next regular meeting Oct. 21. Catala said the council needed to “chew on it for a while.”
Donato is also accused of kissing the girl two days later, and is charged with the third-degree felony of attempted indecency with a child by contact.
The indictments are unrelated to charges Donato pleaded guilty to in October 2007 — two counts of indecency by exposure. He also pleaded no contest to one count of indecency by contact and accepted deferred adjudication and probation.
Before Donato was arrested last week, Catala had said the council would consider removing him in September. Donato's term would have expired in May 2009.
A pretrial hearing on the petition is scheduled for Nov. 17.
“It is time that the City of Poteet get off the radar scope as being highlighted with problems,” he said to the crowd's applause. “This is an outstanding city.”