Councilman Schroeder pleads guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge


(Editor's Note: A previously posted version of this story, as well as a version that appeared in The Inquirer's Sept. 10, 2020 print edition, contained errors specific to the adjudication of the case. The Inquirer offers its apology for the errors, as well as not reporting this story in a more timely manner.)

Gonzales District 1 City Councilman Gary A. Schroeder plead guilty to a Class A misdemeanor charge of assault bodily injury stemming from an incident in 2017, according to court papers filed June 30.

The misdemeanor charge does not prohibit Schroeder from continuing on the city council. His current term is up for election in May 2021.

The sentence included two years deferred adjudication, a $1,000 fee, $275 court costs and fees, as well as standard conditions of community supervision under deferred adjudication.

The plea deal closed a case that started with an alleged incident on Aug. 18, 2017, and resulted in a Sept. 4, 2019 indictment by the Gonzales County Grand Jury of third-degree sexual assault. The sexual assault case was dismissed as part of the plea bargain.

A grand jury indictment is not proof of guilt or innocence, but the result of a hearing where only the prosecution presents evidence and the jury decides if sufficient evidence exists for the case to proceed.

Schroeder was not arrested, and turned himself in to the Gonzales County Jail on Sept. 8, 2019.