Indecency Charge Dismissed Against Former Local Prosecutor

Lyle Gripp (File)

WACO (July 9, 2013)—The attorney general on Friday announced an indecency with a child by contact charge levied against Waco attorney Lyle Gripp had been dismissed citing a need for further investigation.

Gripp, 53, a former Falls County prosecutor, was indicted in April 2012 and his trial was set to begin later this month.

The attorney general’s office took the case after District Attorney Abel Reyna cited a conflict and stepped aside.

A statement issued by the state prosecutor said only that the issue warranted further investigation and the current charge had been dismissed pending that outcome.

Court records from pretrial issues in the case showed Gripp had passed three separate polygraph tests administered by three different examiners.

Gripp originally was arrested in March 2012 and was charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child but that charge later was modified to indecency.

His original bond of $150,000 was later reduced to $25,000, which he posted and was released.

While serving as an assistant district attorney in Falls County, Gripp prosecuted several notable cases, including a 1999 case that led to theft charges against Marlin's former volunteer fire chief and to the indictment of a former Central Texas police chief accused of drunken attempts to make undercover narcotic buys.

In 2000, he joined a field of four candidates hoping to succeed his boss, Falls County District Attorney Tom Sehon, who wasn't seeking re-election.

Sehon fired Gripp in late February 2000 over a comment made about a state district judge during a debate.

Jody Gilliam won the election.

In 2004, Gripp represented a former Waco police officer who was accused of assaulting a woman in his patrol car."