A convicted sex offender was arrested by the Fort Bend County Sheriff’s office on February 16 for allegedly violating numerous parole terms, including attending a children’s birthday party.
Court documents allege that Rosenberg-born James Paul Goates, 52, violated his probation in a variety of criminal offenses. He is currently in the Fort Bend County Jail with no loan.
In April 2019, filing for his probation waiver, Goates attended a children’s birthday party that was attended by several young children. His probation was dependent on the fact that he had no contact with children under the age of 18.
In January 2019, Goates got within 45 feet of Needville High School, according to the same document. His probation requires him to be 1,000 feet from a school.
Authorities also said that Goates had invited a child to his home several times in the past two years.
Goates was found guilty of online sexual advertising for minors in March 2018. According to court records, Goates was arrested for trying to get a child to meet him for sex because he believed he was communicating with a child under the age of 17.
Instead, he communicated with detectives from the Fort Bend County Attorney’s Office. He was sentenced to six years probation.
Goates was originally convicted of online advertising for minors in March 2018 and was sentenced to 10 years in prison. The sentence was overturned and he was sentenced to six years of conditional community supervision.
A trial date for Goates has not yet been set.