NEW BRAUNFELS — A New Braunfels man was arrested earlier this month in connection with a pair of sealed indictments accusing him of indecency with a child, officials said.
Deputies from the Comal County Sheriff’s Office arrested Clovis Douglas Cooper Jr., 49, at his home in the 1200 block of River Acres in New Braunfels, CCSO Lt. Mark Reynolds said. He said deputies picked up Cooper about 5:15 p.m. Aug. 6 without incident.
Reynolds said New Braunfels Police Department detectives filed the case in Guadalupe County that led to Cooper’s arrest.
After an investigation, NBPD Lt. Stephen Hanna said detectives from his department forwarded information on Cooper’s alleged crimes to the Guadalupe County District Attorney’s office a couple of months ago.
A legal assistant at the Guadalupe County DA’s office said Tuesday that a grand jury on July 10 indicted Cooper on one count each of indecency with a child by contact and indecency with a child by exposure. She said the alleged offenses occurred on or about Aug. 1, 2004, for the contact, and on or about Feb. 23, 2012, for the exposure.
Both crimes occurred in Guadalupe County, the assistant said. She confirmed the indictments were sealed, but did not say why or by whom. She said Cooper’s next court appearance has not been scheduled.
There was no booking information on Cooper available on the Guadalupe County jail records website on Tuesday. His case was listed among the county’s criminal case records.
Cooper, other news outlets have reported, is the son of the owner of Cooper Country Day School in the 900 block of West County Line Road in New Braunfels. Hanna said he could not confirm nor deny if Cooper is affiliated with the school.
“I do not know if he worked at that daycare, and I wouldn’t be able to release that information if I did,” Hanna said.
A person who answered the telephone at the school late Tuesday afternoon said the owner was the only person who could speak to the media.
Hanna said detectives are willing to talk with any other persons who might have more information about Cooper. He asked they call the NBPD at (830) 221-4100.
Hanna said concerned parents began calling the department Tuesday asking more questions than providing information.
“A lot of people may have a perception that a case was filed and their child was a victim and they weren’t told,” he said. “We would never go forward with a case where the child was a victim and the parent does not know, unless the parent happens to be an offender.”