League City man sentenced in Bacliff palapa arson

A League City man Wednesday was sentenced to six years deferred probation for setting a palapa on fire in 2016 at a Bacliff business.

Dustin Lee Akin, 30, pleaded guilty to a charge of arson as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

Akin was arrested in 2016 after setting a $3,000 palapa on fire at Gulf Coast Palapas in Bacliff, according to a probable cause affidavit.

A palapa is a traditional Mexican shelter, typically roofed with palm fronds.

Witnesses told Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies a man crashed his vehicle into a ditch in the 3000 block of state Highway 146, officials said. Bystanders then took the man’s car keys, officials said.

Akin appeared highly intoxicated and had trouble maintaining balance when police arrived, according to the affidavit.

San Leon man

gets 3 years in

child sexual assault

A San Leon was sentenced Wednesday to three years in prison for sexually assaulting a 13-year-old girl.

Eusebio Quintanilla Ortiz Jr., 25, pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of sexual assault of a child as part of a plea agreement, court records show.

He initially had been charged with aggravated sexual assault of a child, according to court records.

Galveston County Sheriff’s Office deputies in 2015 interviewed a girl who said she was 13-years-old when Ortiz started texting her and talking to her through online applications, according to a probable cause affidavit.

The two communicated throughout the summer of 2015 and eventually the relationship became sexual, according to the affidavit.

The girl told deputies that Ortiz would bring her back to his residence to have sex and they would also have sex at her residence, according to the affidavit.

Ortiz told the girl not to tell anyone about the encounters, according to the affidavit.

A family member of the girl told deputies that Ortiz admitted to having sex with the girl, according to the affidavit.

“The plea was done with the approval of all parties, including the victim and her family,” Assistant District Attorney Tiffany Alfred said.

— Matt deGrood

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